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The Birth of Classical Europe A History from Troy to Augustine

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An innovative and intriguing look at the foundations of Western civilization from two leading historians. The influence of ancient Greece and Rome can be seen in every aspect of our lives. From calendars to democracy to the very languages we speak, Western civilization owes a debt to these classical societies. Yet the Greeks and Romans did not emerge fully formed; their culture grew from an active engagement with a deeper past, drawing on ancient myths and figures to shape vibrant civilizations. In The Birth of Classical Europe, the latest entry in the Penguin History of Europe, historians Simon Price and Peter Thonemann present a fresh perspective on classical culture in a book full of revelations about civilizations we thought we knew. In this impeccably researched and immensely readable history we see the ancient world unfold before us, with its grand cast of characters stretching from the great Greeks of myth to the world-shaping Caesars. A landmark achievement, The Birth of Classical Europeprovides insight into an epoch that is both incredibly foreign and surprisingly familiar.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. vi
List of Mapsp. x
List of Platesp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xvii
Introductionp. 3
The Aegean World: Minoans, Mycenaeans and Trojans: c. 1750-1100 BCp. 11
The Mediterranean, the Levant and Middle Europe: 1100-800 BCp. 45
Greece, Phoenicians and the Western Mediterranean: 800-480 BCp. 77
Greece, Europe and Asia: 480-334 BCp. 113
Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World: 334-146 BCp. 145
Rome, Carthage and the West: 500-146 BCp. 175
Rome, Italy and Empire: 146 BC-AD 14p. 217
The Roman Empire: AD 14-284p. 257
The Later Roman Empire: AD 284-425p. 301
Further Readingp. 335
Date Chartp. 347
Indexp. 357
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