Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece / Edition 2

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"Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece, Updated Edition explores three millennia of ancient Greek history and archaeology, from the advent of the Minoan civilization in Crete to the Roman conquest in 30 B.C.E. Organized thematically, the handbook covers all aspects of life in ancient Greece." Each chapter includes an extensive bibliography as well as original line drawings, photographs, and maps - more than 200 in all. Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece Updated Edition combines archaeological and historical sources to provide all the essential information required by anyone interested in Greek history or culture.
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Editorial Reviews

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YAArranged by broad subject areas, this superior resource presents a comprehensive overview of Greek civilization. In addition to large-scale topics such as geography and the military, there is also much focus on what life was like for an individual of that era. The table of contents effectively serves as an outline to the broad themes; numerous subtopics are clearly defined under appropriate headings throughout. However, it is necessary to use the index to search for a specific detail and there may be several pages listed on one topic. The maps and diagrams are excellent; they are clear black-line drawings on a large scale that usually focus on a single topic. Although it is less thorough than the Oxford Classical Dictionary Oxford, 1996, this title is a fine addition to reference or circulating collections.Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Combining both archaeological and historical sources, the handbook covers three millennia of ancient Greek civilization, from the advent of the Minoan civilization in Crete to the Roman conquest in 30 BC. Chapters are ordered thematically and explore all aspects of life in ancient Greece: civilizations, city-states, and empires; rulers and leaders; military affairs; geography of the Greek world; economy, trade, and transport; towns and countryside; written evidence; religion and mythology; art, science, and philosophy; and everyday life. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816056590
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: Handbook to Life Series
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 1,351,902
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lesley and Roy A. Adkins are both professional archaeologists. They have written numerous books together including Dictionary of Roman Religion, An Introduction to Archaeology, and Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome.

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Table of Contents

1 Civilizations, city-states and empires 1
2 Rulers and leaders 43
3 Military affairs 93
4 Geography of the Greek world 135
5 Economy, trade and transport 185
6 Towns and countryside 221
7 Written evidence 257
8 Religion and mythology 309
9 Art, science and philosophy 391
10 Everyday life 439
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  • Posted December 17, 2010

    Highly recommended

    Even though this book may be considered high school level, I found it very detailed for what I, as an adult layperson, wanted. It was the only book that clearly compared, for instance, why the Spartan military was superior. I was looking up something specific in the military section, after having watched a History Channel synopsis of ancient Greece, and I found that the description of the evolution of different kinds of armour and weapons very detailed, with excellent line drawings.

    The descriptions of the dwellings in different time periods also was helpful. I would have read more, but someone checked out the book from the library for the entire semester, so I ended up buying it instead of waiting for its return.

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