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The World of the Ancient Greeks
Synopses & Reviews
The ancient Greeks set out from their mountainous land at the end of the Balkan peninsula to colonize and settle almost all the Mediterranean and Black Sea coasts. These remarkable people have left their imprint on virtually every aspect of modern politics, theater, art, philosophy, medicine, architecture, and athletics. Here is their story, told within its historical and cultural framework. The eastern Mediterranean has always been a point of contact and conflict between East and West, and the book relates how the Greeks interacted, both peaceably and otherwise, with the surrounding cultures—Minoans, Phoenicians, Lydians, Persians, and Romans. Herodotus began his account of the Persian Wars in the fifth century BC by saying that the trouble started 700 years earlier, with the events leading up to the Trojan War. Over time the struggle surged back and forth across the Aegean: Greece against Troy, Greek migration and settlement in Asia Minor, Persian invasions of Greece, Alexander's conquest of Asia, Roman intervention in the Greek world. The world of the ancient Greeks is presented here in chronological order, from the Bronze Age to the Christian era, a span of some 3,500 years. Athens plays a large role, but other Greek cities are given much closer attention than in standard accounts. Individual chapters look at the Greeks and their gods, and Greek art and architecture. The result is a sweeping and authoritative survey of a culture that made an unparalleled contribution to the rise of Western civilization. 280 illustrations and phtotographs, 90 in color. Key features:
Quotations from Greek authors
The latest archaeological discoveries
Numerous sidebars and special features
Timeline and gazetteer of ancient Greek sites
Book News Annotation:
Designed for the popular reader, this handsome, heavily illustrated volume presents the history and civilization of ancient Greece. Camp (director of the Agora excavations in Athens) and Fisher (classics, art history, Randolph-Mason College, Ashland, Virginia) touch on topics that include theatre, philosophy, architecture, religion, and archaeology for the lands ruled by Greece from the Paleolithic era through the arrival of the Romans. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This book tells the story of the Greeks from prehistory through the Persian Wars and Roman conquest to the Ottoman Empire. Included are reconstructions and diagrams of Greek cities, detailed maps and site plans, temple architecture and key battles, and chapters on the the Heroic Age of the Mycenaeans and recent discoveries.
The story of the ancient Greeks is told within its historical and cultural framework. Individual chapters look at the Greeks and their gods, and Greek art and architecture. The result is a sweeping and authoritative survey of a culture that made an unparalleled contribution to the rise of Western civilization. 280 illustrations, 90 in color.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-218) and index.
About the Author
John Camp is the director of the Agora excavations and the author of The Athenian Agora. Elizabeth Fisher is Professor of both Classics and Art History at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, and has conducted many excavations in Greece and Italy.
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