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.
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John Roberts is Emeritus Professor of Classics as Eton College.
Grade 9 Up–This invaluable guide is an expert abridgment of the acclaimed Oxford Classical Dictionary (3rd ed., 2003). This version, more readable in style and font, retains the core information and fascination of the parent volume at half its bulk. Entries center on the period 776 B.C.-A.D. 180. Alterations are judicious: all two paragraphs of the original entry on the Vindolanda tablets survive intact, for example, while the earlier editions lengthy piece on Roman history is cut to under half its original length. Although the bibliographies are gone, for nonspecialist users, abridgment is largely a blessing, eliminating distracting (and discouraging) byways and pointing readers to the essentials. Greek is transliterated but British usage remains. An appended article on the value of money in the classical world will help answer students perennial questions on that topic. A chronology, gazetteer, classical-author list, and six black-and-white maps add to the books scope. Teachers and students of history, literature, and classics will find this an outstanding reference volume.–Patricia D. Lothrop, St. Georges School, Newport, RI
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