The Ancient City: Life in Classical Athens and Romeby Peter Connolly, Hazel Dodge
In this superbly illustrated volume, Athens and Rome, the greatest cities of antiquity, spring to life. By recreating the public buildings, temples, shops, and houses of these mighty civilizations, Connolly reveals every aspect of a person's life in glorious detail, including food, drama, religion, games, and the baths. 500 color illustrations.
"Strewn with minutely detailed cityscapes, cutaway views, and interiors, this hefty urban study recaptures the architectural glories of two great cities in their heydays.... Equally suited to casual readers or serious study."Kirkus Reviews (pointer review)
"Remarkable... The elaborate maps and lavish illustrations that grace every page most vividly communicate the tenor and the texture of classical antiquity.... A superior historical, sociological, and architectural survey."Booklist
"Peter Connolly's eminent reputation as an archaeological illustrator can only be enhanced by this superb book... He has made two great civilizations come alive on the page.... If you want to know exactly what it looked like when Socrates attended the famous Symposium with Agathon and Aristophanes, or what Suetonius saw when he described Nero's Golden House, this is the book to tell you."Times Educational Supplement
"A fascinating, close-up picture of what daily life was like for the inhabitants of the two most celebrated cities of the Western Classical Age. Private houses, public spaces, city streets, shops, restaurants, Greek temples, Roman baths, clothing, hairdos, utensils, customs, beliefs, manners, and mores are among the many areas that Connolly covers.... Lucid, succinct, easy-to-follow, and the hundreds of illustrationsphotographs, maps, drawings, and diagramsare attractive and very much to the point."The Christian Science Monitor
"Focuses on the development and growth of each city, with superb, colorful illustrations that help the reader visualize all aspects of life and building construction." Dig!
- Oxford University Press, USA
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.70(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.00(d)
- Age Range:
- 10 Years
Meet the Author
Peter Connolly is one of the foremost writers and illustrators on the subject of the ancient world. He is an Honorary Research Fellow of the Institute of Archaeology, London, and has studied at the British School in Athens and in Rome. Co-author Hazel Dodge is a scholar of international reputation, known for her publications on Roman architecture and construction.
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Amazing.....!Excellent......!Just enjoy it.....!
This book, in my opinion, is the pinnacle upon which other like books will be based. The book come to life with incredible pictures and the text is not only readable, but very exiting, detailed, and informative even for an expert on the subject of ancient cities and their aspects. Peter Connolly's expertise in the subjecst of History, architecture, and archaeology are clearly show as he litterally covers all three in his explanation and analysis of Athens and Rome. Every time I read it or just pick it up to look at a certain section of the book I learn something and at the same time realize how much I have learned.