Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World

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"More than 4,000 years ago, the ancient Greeks invaded the rugged hills and fertile plains of the Balkan Peninsula, and in the centuries that followed, they built one of the greatest and most influential civilizations in history. Their enduring legacy to modern society includes mythology, poetry, drama, sculpture, architecture, science, and political thought. Spanning more than 2,000 years, from the beginning of Minoan civilization in the third millennium B.C.E. to the Roman annexation of mainland Greece in 146 B.C.E., Encyclopedia of the Ancient ...
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"More than 4,000 years ago, the ancient Greeks invaded the rugged hills and fertile plains of the Balkan Peninsula, and in the centuries that followed, they built one of the greatest and most influential civilizations in history. Their enduring legacy to modern society includes mythology, poetry, drama, sculpture, architecture, science, and political thought. Spanning more than 2,000 years, from the beginning of Minoan civilization in the third millennium B.C.E. to the Roman annexation of mainland Greece in 146 B.C.E., Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World, Revised Edition provides a comprehensive survey of the classical Greek world." Further readings accompany major entries, and cross-references, a chronolgy, bibliography, and index make the information easily accessible. Maps and photographs also complement the text. Authoritative and accessible, this reference work is ideal for students and general readers alike.
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Library Journal
Originally published in England, this encyclopedia covers ancient Greece for the 2000 years up to 146 B.C. A lively, readable text by Sacks, a book reviewer for the New York Times and frequent author of journal articles, is authoritatively supported by the contributions of consultant Oswyn Murray (Oxford History of the Classical World, LJ 1/87). Important places, events, topics, and people are covered in 525 articles, ranging from a paragraph (Aegean Sea) to five pages (Peloponnesian War). There are cross references to related topics and a detailed index. Most terms are also found in Praeger Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Civilization (1967), and this reviewer finds the photographs in Praeger more effective than the original line drawings by Margaret Bunson in Sacks's work. However, the expanded essays on general topics, e.g., homosexuality, women, etc., provide more insight into the typical lifestyles of the period. A two-part bibliography of nearly 200 basic works is included but no bibliographic documentation. An excellent source for high school and undergraduate students.-Stanley P. Hodge, Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.
Library Journal
Both of these single-volume encyclopedias focus on ancient Greece but target different audience. The Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World, revised by Brody (art, Queens Coll.), is an updated version of Facts On File's previously published volume by historian Sacks, with added specialized bibliographies. This extremely accessible text, written for a general audience, also has cross references to related entries, 65 black-and-white photographs, ten maps, a chronology of the ancient world, and a detailed index. The more than 500 A-to-Z entries have been updated to reflect advances in scholarship, and some are completely rewritten. New coverage can be found under such entries as "Aesop," "Byblos," "Corinth," "Magic," "Science," and "Sculpture." Routledge's work, conversely, is targeted at an academic audience, with many more detailed entries and an expectation that the reader will have a basic grounding in ancient Greek history. More than 100 subject specialists have contributed to the book, and their depth and breadth of knowledge helps to make this an impressive tome. Editor Wilson (Medieval Greek Bookhands) has also included further reading lists, alphabetical and thematic lists of entries, a chronological list of individuals covered, notes on advisers and contributors, cross references, and an impressive index. Bottom Line Both Facts On File and Routledge have produced quality resources. While both works are extremely well written, the Facts On File edition is more appropriate for public and school libraries, while the Routledge edition will fill the needs of academic libraries.-Sean Fleming, Lebanon P.L., NH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
YA-This readable, lively compendium of facts succeeds admirably in its goal of conveying only the "best information." The alphabetical entries are logical, comprehensive, and cross-indexed. They include topics on history, politics, warfare and weaponry, social organizations, the arts, literature, language, mythology, geography, science and technology, clothing, religion, contact cultures-in short, just about anything a novice might look for. As an additional plum, the introductory essay includes a fine overview of classical Greek culture and its influences on our world. Secondary school students with a curiosity about the ancient Western world could do no better than to start their explorations with this authoritative resource.-Marya Fitzgerald, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
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As a work that "attempts to give all the essential information about the ancient Greek world" to the general reader, this volume is, for the most part, successful. Clearly intended as a companion volume to Matthew Bunson's" Encyclopedia of the Roman Empire" ["RBB" Je 1 94] and Margaret Bunson's "Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt" ["RBB" S 15 91] from the same publisher, this ready-reference source features articles ranging from 100 to 3,000 words on all aspects of the Greek world. Sacks, who has written articles on current cultural topics in such publications as the "New York Times Book Review" and "Vanity Fair", has an M.A. in Greek and Roman history and literature from Oxford. The 525 articles are accompanied by line drawings that generally reproduce famous artwork. A bibliography and index conclude the work Sacks covers almost every topic of interest, ranging from mythological figures "Cassandra", "Paris", historical people "Arion", "Sappho", events "Peloponnesian War" the longest entry in the work, and places "Argos", "Megara" to general topics "Clothing", "Ships and Seafaring". Though coverage spans the approximately 2,000 years from the third millennium B.C. to the Roman annexation of Greece in 146 B.C, "the encyclopedia gives most attention to the classical era--that is, roughly the 400s and 300s B.C. Users wishing to verify facts are not likely to be disappointed with this work, as most topics of interest are included. Sacks has also written articles giving an overview of life in the Greek world in general: "Homosexuality", "Religion", "Women", etc. Those wishing to pursue the topics further will not likely be satisfied, however, with the concluding bibliography of 140 secondary works and 50 primary works arranged alphabetically by the authors' last names. Although Sacks lists the major works in this field, bibliographies concluding each article would have been more helpful. Also missed are maps--the solitary one at the beginning of the book does not suffice. The volume is also missing some "extras" that made Bunson's volume generally more appealing--a chronology, various tables, charts, etc Though the topics covered in this volume can be found in several places including general encyclopedias, having a concise, ready-reference work like this on an ever-popular topic is certainly a plus. Not a "must buy," but given the price, definitely worth considering for public and academic libraries. Facts On File will follow up this month with another title in this series, "Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages", by Matthew Bunson $45, 0-8160-2456-1.
Booknews
A nicely prepared reference for high school, college, and general readers, covering over 2,000 years, from the beginnings of Minoan civilization to the Roman annexation of mainland Greece in 146 B.C. The clearly written entries range from about 100 to 3,000 words, discussing the main points of each topic and its importance. Illustrated with attractive, unobtrusive line drawings. Thoroughly cross-referenced and indexed. A future edition could be improved with pronunciation guidance and a classified bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780788194542
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Pages: 306

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