The Cambridge Dictionary of Classical Civilization

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Overview

Few historical epochs have influenced the development of civilization to the extent that those of ancient Greece and Rome have. This Guide, with over 1700 entries and 500 illustrations, is a key reference work on both, covering all the main branches of ancient literature, art and institutions. In addition, it explores traditionally neglected areas such as dress, housing, minority groups and social relations. Ranging from post-Bronze Age Greece to the later Roman Empire, it surveys not only ancient Greece and Rome, but discusses those cultures with which Greeks and Romans exchanged information and culture (e.g., Phoenicians, Celts and Jews) as well as the remote peoples with whom they were in contact (e.g., Persia, China and India). Graham Shipley is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and chair of the Council of University Classical Departments as well as the Sparta and Laconia Committee of the British School of Athens. His publications include A History of Samos and The Greek World after Alexander. John Vanderspoel is Professor of Late Antiquity at the University of Calgary, where he was initially appointed in 1985. His publications include Themistius and the Imperial Court (1995) and numerous journal articles and chapters on Roman history, intellectual and religious developments in the Roman imperial period and Roman Britain. David Mattingly is a Fellow of the British Academy and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. His publications include monographs on Tripolitania (1995) and An Atlas of Roman Britain (2002); edited volumes including Economies beyond Agriculture in the Classical World (2001), Life, Death and Entertainment in the Roman World (1999), and Dialogues in Roman Imperialism (supplement to Journal of Roman Archaeology, 1997). Lin Foxhall is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Her publications include co-edited volumes on masculinity in the ancient world (Thinking Men and When Men were Men 1998), on ancient law (Greek Law in its Political Setting 1996), and the ancient economy (Money, Labour and Land 2002) as well as many journal articles and chapters on Greek social relations, gender, agriculture, field survey and economy.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Make no mistake about it: this work is highly recommended for all academic and larger public libraries." — Booklist

"Thirteen years in gestation, this work offers an authoritative summary of our current understanding of the ancients [...] An essential purchase for all academic libraries." —American Reference Books Annual

"Covering everything from debt (a trap for the poor) to homosexuality to papyrus, this worthy companion to the older and larger Oxford Classical Dictionary focuses on social, economic, and cultural issues of classical Greek city-states and the Roman Republic and Empire. Given the impressive number of printable illustrations, maps, and dynastic charts, this may even become the first choice for visually oriented students."—Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521483131
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2006
  • Pages: 1010
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 2.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Shipley is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Leicester. His previous publications include A History of Samos, 800-188 BC (Clarendon, 1987) and The Greek World after Alexander, 323-30 BC (Routledge, 2000). He is the author of numerous articles on the ancient city and has made major contributions to the Laconia Survey volumes at the British School at Athens. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

John Vanderspoel is Professor of Late Antiquity at the University of Calgary. He is the author of Themistius and the Imperial Court (University of Michigan Press, 1995) and numerous articles on Roman history and intellectual and religious developments in the imperial Roman period. He was the founding editor of The Ancient History Bulletin.

David Mattingly is Professor of Roman Archaeology at the University of Leicester. He is author or editor of numerous books, including Tripoitania (Batsford, 1995), Life, Death and Entertainment in the Roman World (with David Potter, University of Michigan Press, 1999), Economies Beyond Agriculture in the Classical World (with John Salmon, Routledge, 2000) and An Atlas of Roman Britain (with Barri Jones, Oxbow, 2002). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Lin Foxhall is Professor of Greek Archaeology and History at the University of Leicester. She is the editor of Thinking Men (with John Salmon, Routledge, 1998) and Money, Labour and Land (Routledge, 2002). She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

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Table of Contents

Preface; How to use this book; Classified list of headwords; Entries A-Z; Appendix: Timeline of Classical Civilization.

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