The World of the Ancient Greeks

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John Camp is the director of the Agora excavations in Athens, where he has worked for 35 years. He is the author of The Athenian Agora, also published by Thames & Hudson. Elizabeth Fisher is Professor of both Classics and Art History at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, and has conducted many excavations in Greece and Italy.
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (November 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500051127
  • ASIN: B007PMQS8E
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,844,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"The World of the Ancient Greeks" covers their history from the Paleolithic and Neolithic era, which is actually before the "Greeks" first showed by circa 2000 B.C., to the fall of Constantinople in 1453, when Greece became part of the Ottoman Empire. With the fall of the Byzantine Empire and the beginning of 400 years of Turkish control, Greece was no longer Greece (not until 1821-32 and the Greek War of Independence). When I learned World History the basic idea was that the Greeks created Western Civilization and were then taken over by Alexander the Great's Macedonian Empire and then the Roman Empire. But John Camp and Elizabeth Fisher take a different perspective and focus more on how the eastern Mediterranean has always been a point of contact and conflict between the East and West. However, while they point to a series of struggles back and forth the Aegean Sea, from the Greek war against Troy and Greek migration and settlement in Asia Minor to Alexander's conquest of Asia and Greece becoming part of the Roman Empire, the focus of this book ends up being more on the prominent role of the Greeks in making an unparalleled contribution to the rise of Western civilization.

That simply means we end up on familiar ground for most of this book, although certainly the authors pay more attention to other Greek city-states besides Athens in describing the world of the ancient Greeks. The volume is divided into ten chapters: (I) Who Were the Greeks?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alnitak on February 18, 2007
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This book constitutes a superb visual tour of ancient Greece, beginning with the earliest artifacts and continuing through the Roman period. With abundant pictures, maps and drawings it is a feast. The text should not be slighted; it is up-to-date and highly informative, yet an entertaining and enjoyable read, and interposes many quotes from ancient sources to add depth. The book serves at once as a reminder or the glories of Greece, a reference for much of Greek culture, and a doorway to further inquiry. It is not an in-depth scholarly analysis, but a wonderful excursion through Greek culture that will lead you to greater understanding and a thirst for more. Finally, the book itself is a pleasure to see and hold. It will serve for many years as a reference and a place to browse through history.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on February 26, 2009
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If you want a great coffee table book on the Ancient Greeks, this is it. The information is distributed in small, easy to digest chunks - there is nothing that will offend the senses. It is beautifully illustrated with amazing photographs, illustrations, and maps.
More serious scholars or those who want to learn more about Greek culture than the bare minimum - this would be a pass (well, the pictures are *really* nice).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larry N. Stout on November 24, 2012
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If you seek esoteric excursions into the much-mythologized beginnings of "Western Civilization", or glorifications of ancient warfare, you will want to look elsewhere. But if you might first appreciate a logically arranged, comprehensive yet digestible overview of the ancient Greeks, well illustrated and replete with interesting and pertinent sidebars and quotes from ancient sources, this book is absolutely ideal. Having myself been long lost in disappointingly pedantic, rambling texts on the subject, I find this lovely volume as pleasant as it is enlightening.
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