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Description - Greek Civilization by Brian A Sparkes

This is a survey of the world of classical Greece, its origins and legacy. The book comprises nineteen chapters, written by leading scholars from around the world. It covers all the major themes of Ancient Greek history, set in the context of both the preceding and following periods. The book is organised into four main sections. It opens with discussions of the natural environment of the Greek peninsula and the surrounding islands. The second section then examines the history of the peoples of Greece up to the end of antiquity. It moves from the prehistoric and protohistoric periods, through the era of Bronze Age palace societies - including those of Knossos and Mycenae - surveying the thousand and more years until the transfer of the Roman imperial court from Rome to Constantinople. The third and longest part of the book deals with different aspects of the classical period, to give a kaleidoscopic picture of the most important elements in Greek life: the country, politics, religion, the spoken and written word, philosophy, art, craftsmanship and social behavior. Finally, the book surveys the legacy of classical Greece, assessing its impact for western civilisation as a whole. The book is highly illustrated with over 100 plates and maps, and includes a timeline and guides for further reading. It is designed to be an ideal introduction to the subject for students and general readers alike.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780631205593
ISBN-10: 0631205594
Format: Paperback
(254mm x 181mm x 19mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 10-Dec-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Brian A Sparkes

Brian A. Sparkes received his training in classics and archaeology at Kings College London and at the British School of Archaeology at Athens. He has recently retired from the Chair of Classical Archaeology at the University of Southampton. His previous publications include Greek Pottery: an Introduction (1991) and The Red and the Black: Studies in Greek Pottery (1996).

Books By Brian A Sparkes

Greek Civilization by Brian A Sparkes
Hardback, December 1997