The Oxford History of Greece & the Hellenistic World (2nd

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From the epic poems of Homer in the course of the glittering artwork and structure of Greece's Golden Age to the influential Roman platforms of legislation and management, the classical global verified the principles of our tradition in addition to a lot of its such a lot enduring achievements. Now to be had in a smaller, easier structure, the astonishingly in-depth and greatly praised Oxford background of the Classical international bargains the final reader the definitive better half to the Graeco-Roman world.

The first quantity, Classical Greece and the Hellenistic global, covers the interval from the 8th to the 1st centuries B.C., a interval unprecedented in background for its brilliance in literature, philosophy, and the visible arts. It additionally treats the Hellenization of the center East by way of the monarchies validated within the zone conquested through Alexander the Great.
The moment quantity, Classical Rome, covers early Rome and Italy, the growth of the Roman republic, the basis of the Roman Empire via Augustus, its consolidation within the first centuries A.D., and the later Empire and its impact on Western civilization.
The editors, John Boardman, Jasper Griffen, and Oswyn Murray all eminent classicists intersperse chapters on political and social background with sections on literature, philosophy, and the humanities, and strengthen the old framework with maps and ancient charts. the 2 volumes additionally provide bibliographies and an entire index, in addition to black and white pictures built-in into the text.

The members thirty of the world's best students current the most recent in glossy scholarship via masterpieces of wit, brevity, and magnificence. whereas targeting the features necessary to the certainty of every interval, in addition they specialize in these components of the classical international that stay of lasting value and curiosity to readers this present day. jointly, those volumes offer either a provocative and pleasing window into our classical historical past.

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20). Thucydides’ exceptional 18 THE HISTORY AND ITS BACKGROUND intellectuality, the use he made of the speeches in his history, and the penetrating political analyses they contain, have no parallel in the work of the older historian. 16 Unlike Herodotus, he doesn’t take pleasure in telling good stories, but relates the incidents of the years of war in ways that are often deeply moving. 17 The originality of Thucydides’ work is connected with the extraordinary ferment of thought and the varied intellectual influences to which he was exposed in his formative years in Athens.

He began to write when they first took up arms, believing that it would be great and memorable above any previous war. For he argued that both states were then at the full height of their military power, and he saw the rest of the Hellenes either siding or intending to side with one or the other of them. No movement ever stirred Hellas more deeply than this; it was shared by many of the Barbarians, and might be said even to affect the world at large. The character of the events which preceded, whether immediately or in more remote antiquity, owing to the lapse of time cannot be made out with certainty.

They would be likely to say that it is impossible due to the fact that the evidence necessary for such an undertaking would be very insufficient if not mostly unavailable. That is why worthy contemporary histories of the First or Second World Wars of the twentieth century, for example, could not have been written while they were in progress. Although journalists might have tried to produce such accounts, these would have fallen well short of being adequate histories. Not until scholars had gained reasonably full access to the collections of sources and documents pertaining to the origins, course, conduct, and conclusion of these wars, and been able to make use of additional materials such as the private papers, memoirs, and biographies of the leading figures, politicians, military men, and others who played a role in affairs, would they have considered it possible to write the history of either of these wars.

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