Panorama of the Classical World

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Overview

This imaginative approach to the era in which Western civilization was born is a thorough—and thoroughly accessible—synthesis of the Greek, Roman, and Etruscan worlds, spanning the period from Late Geometric Greece in around 700 b.c., to the rule of Constantine in the early 4th century a.d.

 

The authors incorporate important developments in recent scholarship, including ideas of gender, war and pacifism, imperialism and dissent, political propaganda, economy, cultural identity, racism, hygiene and diet, and public and private uses of space. The book highlights the modern relevance of classical antiquity, from its influence on contemporary politics to the representation of the female body in Western art, and concludes by charting the history of classical civilization. The extensive reference section includes biographies, an introduction to classical mythology, a glossary of technical terms and vase shapes, as well as a timeline, map, bibliography, and index.

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606060568
  • Publisher: Getty Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,075,126
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nigel Spivey is a lecturer in classics at the University of Cambridge. His many publications include the award-winning Understanding Greek Sculpture (Thames & Hudson, 1996) and Etruscan Art (Thames & Hudson, 1997). Michael Squire is a junior research fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

I Mortals : the body in classical antiquity 8
II Higher powers : gods and heroes 76
III Myth in the making 108
IV Manipulating nature 140
V Political animals 166
VI Oikos and economy 206
VII Philosophy and education 230
VIII Dionysos : Apollo 246
IX The classical tradition of art 284
X The present classical past 306
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