Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece

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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...
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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.
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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
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  • ISBN-13: 9780195124910
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (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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