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Cities of the Classical World: An Atlas and Gazetteer of 120 Centres of Ancient Civilization Hardcover – November 1, 2011

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"Colin McEvedy was a polymath. If you wanted to know something, Google had failed you and the British Library seemed too far away, the obvious move was to ask McEvedy."  —Independent



"What distinguishes his atlas histories is a talent for compressing vast amounts of information. . . The research is meticulous; the style is witty and breezily undeferential."  —The Times




"A beautifully produced and completely wacky testimony to the life and scholarship of a passionate private historian."  —The Times Higher Education Supplement




"By all accounts a remarkable man. . . McEvedy Senior died in 2005 but left behind this banquet of a book. . . Whether in York or Alexandria, Cordoba or Rhodes, Tripoli or Cirencester, Cities of the Classical World supplies a brisk, learned but often engagingly quirky essay alongside one of McEvedy's imagination-stretching maps. In the buzzing hubs of ancient commerce and culture or the loneliest border settlements, McEvedy will tell you who lived there, in what numbers, and their fate over the centuries. . . As well as laying bare the ancient townscapes buried under today's urban bustle, McEvedy guides us with crisp expertise around ancient destinations that still convey their grandeur above ground, such as Pompeii, Ephesus, Jerusalem or Rome itself."  —Independent



"[Will] delight any historian. . . a superb gazetteer of 120 centres of ancient civilisation from Alexandria to York. . . full of terrific nuggets."  —Telegraph Gift Books of the Year

About the Author

Colin McEvedy (1930-2005) was a psychiatrist, historian, and demographer. His many books included the Penguin atlases of African History, Ancient History, The Atlas of World Population History (written with Richard Jones), The Atlas of World History (written with Sarah McEvedy), Medieval History, and Modern History.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin UK; First Edition edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846144272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846144271
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,096,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The very last publication coming from our beloved author Colin McEvedy (published posthumously).
The book is very good. McEvedy maintains his original writing style and visual format throughout the book.
It is concise but loaded with useful information. For each entry, McEvedy provides a short history of the city, a description of its population size, and a map of its layout. All maps are scaled to size so that the reader can easily draw comparisons.
I would give this book 5 Stars if it wasn't for the over-simplistic city maps. I was expecting more detailed ones...
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