Robin Lane Fox is Emeritus Fellow of New College, Oxford, and was until 2014 Reader in Ancient History in Oxford University. He is the author of Pagans and Christians (1986), The Unauthorised Version (1992) and many books on classical history, including Alexander the Great (1973), The Classical World (2005) and Travelling Heroes (2008), all of which have been widely translated. He has been the gardening correspondent of the Financial Times since 1970.
Classical World: An Epic History From Homer To Hadrianby Robin Lane Fox
Robin Lane Fox's The Classical World: An Epic History of Greece and Rome is a comprehensive and enthralling introduction to Ancient civilization. The classical civilizations of Greece and Rome dominated the world for centuries and continue to intrigue and enlighten us with their inventions, whether philosophy, politics, theatre, athletics, celebrity, science or the pleasures of horse racing. Robin Lane Fox's spellbinding history, spans almost a thousand years of change from the foundation of the world's first democracy in Athens to the Roman Republic and the Empire under Hadrian. Bringing great figures such as Homer, Socrates, Cicero, Alexander, Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Augustus and the first Christian martyrs to life, exploring freedom, justice and luxury, this wonderfully exciting tour brings the turbulent histories of Greece and Rome together in a masterly study. 'Epic in the true sense'
The Times Books of the Year 'He writes supremely well ... a keen eye for the telling detail and powerful example ... the humanity of the exercise shines through ... compulsory, and compulsive, reading'
Peter Jones, Sunday Telegraph Robin Lane Fox is a Fellow of New College, Oxford, and a University Reader in Ancient History. His other books include Alexander the Great, Pagans and Christians and The Unauthorized Version. He was historical advisor to Oliver Stone on the making of Stone's film Alexander, for which he waived all his fees on condition that he could take part in the cavalry charge against elephants which Stone staged in the Moroccan desert.
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I recently returned from my first trip to Rome, and was looking for a book to help me understand the history behind the ruins I had just seen. I found that and more in Robert Lane Fox's The Classical World. Having only studied western civilization in high school (more than 25 years ago), I found Mr. Lane's book to be an excellent introduction to ancient Greece and Rome. He touches on the art, literature, architecture, geography, political and military history of these two cultures which form so much of the fabric of our own. The book is very readable and makes the topic accessible without being too simplistic. It is not dry, as some history texts have a tendency to be. The book is divided into two parts, one on Greece and the other on Rome, yet it transitions from one to the other with great ease. After finishing The Classical World, I'm anxious to return to Rome to see the ruins with fresh eyes, and am also looking forward to visiting Greece.