The Classical World

The Classical World

An Epic History From Homer to Hadrian

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The classical civilizations of Greece and Rome once dominated the world, and they continue to fascinate and inspire us. Classical art and architecture, drama and epic, philosophy and politics--these are the foundations of Western civilization. In The Classical World , eminent classicist Robin Lane Fox brilliantly chronicles this vast sweep of history from Homer to the reign of Augustus. From the Peloponnesian War through the creation of Athenian democracy, from the turbulent empire of Alexander the Great to the creation of the Roman Empire and the emergence of Christianity, Robin Lane Fox serves as our witty and trenchant guide. He introduces us to extraordinary heroes and horrific villains, great thinkers and blood-thirsty tyrants. Throughout this vivid tour of two of the greatest civilizations the world has ever known, we remain in the hands of a great master.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9780465024964
0465024963
Characteristics: XVI, 656 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm.

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Jan 03, 2019

Nice overview of ancient Greek and Roman civilization from rise of Athens to Hadrian. Lots of refernces throughout the text to Hadrian, but relatively little on him. Addresses culture, religion, politics, military campaigns. Helped me better understand the chronologies of the various "event" of antiquity, including the Greek wars against the Persians, the Punic wars, Alexander the Great and the resulting kingdoms (including the Ptolomies in Egypt), and fall of the Roman Republic and rise of the Empire. Ending the "Classical World" at Hadrian seemed a little artificial. Small, easily digestible chapters.

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