The Classical World: The Foundations of the West and the Enduring Legacy of Antiquity

Pegasus Books
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A masterly investigation into the classical roots of Western civilization, taking the reader on an illuminating journey from Troy, Athens, and Sparta to Utopia, Alexandria, and Rome.

An authoritative and accessible study of the foundations, development, and enduring legacy of the cultures of Greece and Rome, centered on ten locations of seminal importance in the development of classical civilization.

Starting with Troy, where history, myth and cosmology fuse to form the origins of classical civilization, Nigel Spivey explores the contrasting politics of Athens and Sparta, the diffusion of classical ideals across the Mediterranean world, classical science and philosophy, the eastward export of Greek culture with the conquests of Alexander the Great, the power and spread of the Roman imperium, and the long Byzantine twilight of Antiquity.

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About the author

Nigel Spivey is Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology at Cambridge University. He wrote Songs on Bronze: The Greek Myths Made Real and The Ancient Olympics and presented the television series How Art Made the World for the BBC. He lives in Cambridge.

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Publisher
Pegasus Books
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Published on
Jul 5, 2016
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Pages
368
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ISBN
9781681771915
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Ancient / General
History / Ancient / Greece
History / Ancient / Rome
History / General
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