The Classical World

The Classical World

An Epic History From Homer to Hadrian

Book - 2006
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Armies and empires, statesmen and tyrants--the acclaimed historian Robin Lane Fox vividly recounts the history of two great civilizations and one thousand years that forged the Western world

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.

Book News
Having written widely about classical times and themes, Fox (ancient history, Oxford U.) takes a deep breath and puts it all together. Rather than the typical topical approach, he uses a traditional historical narrative framework that he finds better for illuminating change over the 900 years from archaic Greece through imperial Rome. Some monochrome illustrations are included, but the text rules. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2006
ISBN: 9780465024964
Branch Call Number: 938 LAN
Characteristics: xvi, 656 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm


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