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Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World Hardcover – August, 1995

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YA?This readable, lively compendium of facts succeeds admirably in its goal of conveying only the "best information." The alphabetical entries are logical, comprehensive, and cross-indexed. They include topics on history, politics, warfare and weaponry, social organizations, the arts, literature, language, mythology, geography, science and technology, clothing, religion, contact cultures-in short, just about anything a novice might look for. As an additional plum, the introductory essay includes a fine overview of classical Greek culture and its influences on our world. Secondary school students with a curiosity about the ancient Western world could do no better than to start their explorations with this authoritative resource.?Marya Fitzgerald, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Originally published in England, this encyclopedia covers ancient Greece for the 2000 years up to 146 B.C. A lively, readable text by Sacks, a book reviewer for the New York Times and frequent author of journal articles, is authoritatively supported by the contributions of consultant Oswyn Murray (Oxford History of the Classical World, LJ 1/87). Important places, events, topics, and people are covered in 525 articles, ranging from a paragraph (Aegean Sea) to five pages (Peloponnesian War). There are cross references to related topics and a detailed index. Most terms are also found in Praeger Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Civilization (1967), and this reviewer finds the photographs in Praeger more effective than the original line drawings by Margaret Bunson in Sacks's work. However, the expanded essays on general topics, e.g., homosexuality, women, etc., provide more insight into the typical lifestyles of the period. A two-part bibliography of nearly 200 basic works is included but no bibliographic documentation. An excellent source for high school and undergraduate students.?Stanley P. Hodge, Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Facts on File (August 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816023239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816023233
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,363,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1997
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From the beginning of the Minoan Civilization to the Roman Annexation of c. 146bc, the Greek civilizatiuon is covered here in 550 extensively cross-referenced entries covering not only the deities and prominent historical figures, but also the development of law and democracy, philosophy, historical events, and the arts.

The authors have skillfully distilled a mass of information into a highly readable introduction to Ancient Greece suitable for the student or general reader, with bibliography and an admirable index.

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This book is amazing! I bought it to accomodate my reading of Philosophy and I am very impressed with the level of detail that goes into each entry. It doesn't just skimp like some other 2-3 paragraph per section encyclopedia's I have. It will put pages of information in front of you. Peloponnese War, easily 3 pages, Alexander the Great, 3 pages. Slavery, I think is 2 pages. Very satisfied.
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