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A Brief Guide to Classical Civilization [Format Kindle]

Stephen Kershaw
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A general introduction to the classical world from its origins to the fall of the Roman Empire.

The book focuses on questions of how we know about Classical civilization from archaeology and history; deals with the Mycenaean era and the world of Myth and Epic in Homer's Iliad & Odyssey; gives an outline of Greek history in the 5th & 4th Centuries BC; looks at Greek social life and the alternative model of Sparta, and considers the achievements of the Greeks in their art and architecture, tragedy and comedy.

Turning to Rome, it engages with Roman history, the Roman Epic tradition, the fascinating features of Roman social life, analyses Roman satire, explores the urban environment in Pompeii and Herculaneum, and concludes with the End of Rome.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A real reading joy, only occassionaly long 20 juin 2014
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Erudite in substance, wide in coverage, rich in information and beautifully written, even with a very nice sense of humour. Did not try to avoid any of the questions, instead provided the reader with his informed and balanced opinion. Occasionally extensive in summarising the great literature or poetic works of the Greeks and the Romans, but informative nevertheless. The only aspect I found missing, is due to probably personal shortcomings. The total absence of drawings or pictures was rending the visualisation of the descripted monuments something of a challenge. But strongly recommended for an overview of the Greek and Roman history, society and achievements.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Book!!! 4 novembre 2011
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I'm taking both History of Roman & Greek Civilization classes currently, and this book has been a tremendous help studying. Stephen Kershaw hits on all of the main points and gives a great overview of the classical world. He states in the introduction he designed the book to cover all the key points on the GCSE A level, and undergraduate courses. His book is concise, but it does cover everything given in an undergraduate class. My notes from class and this text are identical, nothing is left out.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brief but deep 10 avril 2012
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Ours is not the first 'civilization.' That may be an obvious statement but it is one important for any human to be able to say to itself. 'A Brief Guide to Classical Civilization' is an authoritative examination of that word 'civilization' from the Minoan palaces of Knossos roughly 1900 BCE to the fall of Rome 410 CE.

Stephen Kershaw does not simply cover the major events, times and dates but goes into detail in respect of how people were in any particular time. Whilst I enjoyed reading how war was such a part of life I could also understand how such far away times resonate exactly with history as it has unfolded in my lifetime. And how radically different they once were. Marriage, slavery, sex, working conditions; all are relayed in Kershaw's coherent narrative.

Of special interest to me was the stark contrast of civilizations that were the Athenian and Spartan ways of living. Side by side, in the same time period. The Athenian free-traders and dynamic creativity as opposed to the rigid upbringing of men in Sparta: 'they almost completely rejected economic activity.' Their inability to adapt was their downfall.

For those, like me, who have wondered about ancient times but have not really known where to start in respect of getting a hook on the period of time I heartily recommend 'A Brief Guide to Civilization' the Kindle edition is ideal for unfamiliar words explained in the dictionary. The analysis of pottery, text, architecture is careful to understand how people treated each other in any given 'civilization.' You will read it right through.
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