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The Greek World
     

The Greek World

by Anton Powell (Editor)
 

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Studying from the Mycenean to the late Hellenistic period, this work includes new articles by twenty-seven specialists of ancient Greece, and presents an examination of the Greek cultures of mainland Greece, Asia Minor, Egypt and Italy.

With the chapters sharing the theme of social history, this fascinating book focuses on women, the poor, and the slaves –

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Studying from the Mycenean to the late Hellenistic period, this work includes new articles by twenty-seven specialists of ancient Greece, and presents an examination of the Greek cultures of mainland Greece, Asia Minor, Egypt and Italy.

With the chapters sharing the theme of social history, this fascinating book focuses on women, the poor, and the slaves – all traditionally seen as beyond the margins of powerand includes the study of figures who were on the literal margins of the Greek world.

Bringing to the forefront the research into areas previously thought of as marginal, Anton Powell sheds new light on vital topics and authors who are central to the study of Greek culture.

Plato’s reforms are illuminated through a consideration of his impatient and revolutionary attitude to women, and Powell also examines how the most potent symbol of central Greek history – the Parthenon – can be understood as a political symbol when viewed with the knowledge of the cosmetic techniques used by classical Athenian women.

The Greek World is a stimulating and enlightening interaction of social and political history, comprehensive, and unique to boot, students will undoubtedly benefit from the insight and knowledge it imparts.

Editorial Reviews

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'Anton Powell's innovative and ambitious collection of 27 articles.' - Times Higher Eduction
Library Journal
This work presents a smorgasbord of previously unpublished articles designed to stimulate interest in areas of classical studies that are usually ignored. The 27 contributors touch on subjects ranging from ancient Greek engineering and diet to the acceptance of animal sacrifice and piracy in daily life. While most of the scholars rely on traditional sources to formulate their theories, their focus is on the common people, especially women, rather than the elite of society. As with any collection there are writers (Rosalind Thomas, Nigel Spivey, and Sian Lewis) who can reach a general audience and those (J.T. Hooker, Alan Griffiths, and Edward Hussey) with esoteric appeal. It is this variety that makes the work worth considering. The price tag, however, places it in the reference category and may limit its selection to academic libraries specializing in classical studies.-Rose Cichy, Osterhout Free Lib., Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10 A beautifully crafted book, brimming with black-and-white and color illustrations as well as color photographs, which serve to illuminate the brief but lucid text. While there is no shortage of books on the history of Greek civilization and its contributions to Western art, politics, literature, and science, one can hardly object to another so well turned out as this. Each chapter deals with a specific aspect of the history and culture of Greece from Mycenaean through Classical times. Powell uses specific topics to elucidate the larger subject. For example, instead of an entire chapter on Greek architecture, he writes about the construction of the Parthenon. No book of this length can be more than a survey. However, this one can stand alone or as an introduction to guide readers to other works on the politics, religion, art, and economics that made up ancient Greece. In place of a traditional bibliography citing other secondary sources, Powell recommends Homer, Hesoid, Herodotus, Sophocles, and Plato. He has provided a stunning introduction to these timeless works. David N. Pauli, Northern Waters Library Service, Ashland, Wis.
Booknews
Paper edition reprint of the 1995 reference containing 27 articles on selected topics in the history of ancient Greece. Contributors focus on subject areas in which recent scholarship is distinctive; these include the lives and culture of marginal or poor elements in Greek society. Topics include the use of the environment by ordinary inhabitants, blood sacrifices, Orphic beliefs in an afterlife, Thucydides' views of criminal behavior and the law, and the role of women in Plato's . Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415170420
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/26/1997
Series:
Routledge Worlds Series
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.42(d)
Lexile:
1500L (what's this?)

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