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This handy reference provides comprehensive access to over three millennia of ancient Greek history and archaeology, from the beginning of the Minoan civilization to the fall of the Greek states to the Romans by 30 BC. Clear, authoritative, and highly organized, the Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece provides an engaging look at a civilization that once stretched from what is now modern Greece, to Spain, India, and beyond; a civilization that has had an enormous and lasting influence on the development of myriad aspects of Western culture, from philosophy and medicine to democracy and town planning.
The thematically arranged chapters cover an exhaustive range of topics: armies and weapons, rulers from Alexander the Great to Xerxes, the rise and fall of numerous city-states, notably Sparta and Athens, agriculture, architectural styles, craft industries, religious festivals, deities, travel and transport, mythological figures, even Greek concepts of the afterlife. The guide includes a wide-ranging bibliography for each chapter, as well as over 180 maps, photographs, and line drawings.
Combining both archaeological and historical evidence, the Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece is essential reading for anyone interested in Greek history, the classics, or an overview of the Greek period.
|1||Civilizations, city-states and empires||1|
|2||Rulers and leaders||43|
|4||Geography of the Greek world||135|
|5||Economy, trade and transport||185|
|6||Towns and countryside||221|
|8||Religion and mythology||309|
|9||Art, science and philosophy||391|
Posted December 17, 2010
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.
Posted March 9, 2000