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  • Series: Dover Books on History, Political and Social Science
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (October 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486447308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486447308
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Molinarius on October 8, 2011
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I write this review of the Ancient City by Numa Denis Fustel de Coulanges for those who approach the topic of ancient religion without prior in-depth study. Is this book worth reading as an introduction to the topic of ancient pre-Christian Mediterranean religion? It dates, after all, from the nineteenth century.

Because this book is based on a close reading of ancient sources, this nineteenth century account of the ancient pre-Christian religions of the Mediterranean remains accurate in many details. Because the author had a compelling insight that remains true -- namely, that ancient religion was an intimate part of all aspects of life in the ancient world from the family hearth to public assemblies as well as a crucial factor in ancient law and institutions -- and because the author's literary style is clear and compelling, the book remains well worth reading as a comprehensive introduction to ancient religion. With this single book as one's guide (and I do not advocate resting content with this book), one will be able to read and better understand such classics as Homer, Greek tragedy, Plato's Socrates, Caesar, Vergil, Livy, not to mention the New Testament, which was, of course, composed in a world run by "pagans" (a derogatory term, by the way, applied by Christians to their religious opponents). In what sense is the Ancient City outdated? Because its insights were arrestingly new at the time, they are overstated. The author's comparative approach -- while fascinating and frequently convincing -- ignores difference and nuance. The work relies primarily on literary evidence. Our sources are far richer than one would know from Fustel de Coulanges, especially our archaeological and epigraphical sources. The author also ignores chronology with too much confidence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pogo stick stylus, ten one design on March 28, 2014
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A great read, giving a remarkable insight into the pre-Socratic/Platonic world. Helps one to understand why Greek democracy and the notion of liberty are so remarkably different than the manner later Western thinkers interpreted these notions.
Any understanding of the Classical era of Greek thought is lacking, especially for the interested layman, without the remarkable insights offered by this book..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on January 2, 2015
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This book has taught me more about ancient Western history than all the other books on this subject I have read before. My understanding of human history has taken a great leap forward. And all of this went down easily because the translation by Willard Small is lucid.
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