Synopses & Reviews
Authoritative, wide-ranging, and unrivalled in its accessibility, The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
is a concise and lucid survey of life in ancient Greece and Rome, spanning 776 BC - AD 180, from the first Olympic games to the death of Marcus Aurelius. An approachable, user-friendly abridgement of the highly acclaimed Oxford Classical Dictionary, this book offers over 2,500 A-Z entries on aspects of life in the classical world, from politics, medicine, philosophy, art, and architecture, to history, myth and religion, mathematics, and literature, with biographical entries on the important individuals--both real and mythological--of the period. It provides a fascinating insight into the attitudes of the ancient Greeks and Romans towards key elements of everyday life, including science, the arts, politics, religion and mythology, philosophy, and social and family life. Appendices include a clear and comprehensive account of money and its value in the classical world; a chronology of events across Greece and the east and Rome and the west; maps; and a two-way quick-reference gazetteer.
Affordable and easy to use, this is an invaluable resource for students and teachers of classics and classical civilization as well as being a fascinating guide for anyone interested in learning more about the foundations of Western culture.
"This perfect gem of a book...provides a fascinating glimpse into the Greek and Roman classical world."--Choice
"This invaluable guide is an expert abridgment of the acclaimed Oxford Classical Dictionary. This version, more readable in style and font, retains the core information and fascination of the parent volume at half its bulk.... An outstanding reference volume."--School Library Journal
"A handy volume for users and libraries who feel intimidated by The Oxford Classical Dictionary....No other general "classics" dictionaries in English can compete with the Oxford line."--American Reference Books Annual
About the Author
J. W. Roberts is the former Head of Classics at Eton College. He is the author of City of Sokrates (Routledge, 1998), a founder member of the JACT Ancient History Committee, and General Editor of the LACTOR series of translated sources for Greek and Roman history.
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Note to the Reader
The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
Two-way gazetteer of classical and modern names