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The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World [Paperback]

John Roberts

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April 8 2007 Oxford Paperback Reference
Authoritative, wide-ranging, and unrivalled in its accessibility, The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World is a concise and lucid survey of life in ancient Greece and Rome, spanning 776 BC - AD 180, from the first Olympic games to the death of Marcus Aurelius. An approachable, user-friendly abridgement of the highly acclaimed Oxford Classical Dictionary, this book offers over 2,500 A-Z entries on aspects of life in the classical world, from politics, medicine, philosophy, art, and architecture, to history, myth and religion, mathematics, and literature, with biographical entries on the important individuals - both real and mythological - of the period. Appendices include a clear and comprehensive account of money and its value in the classical world; a chronology of events across Greece and the east and Rome and the west; maps; and a two-way quick-reference gazetteer. This invaluable resource for students and teachers of classics and classical civilization is affordable and quick and easy to use, as well as being a fascinating guide for anyone interested in learning more about the foundations of Western culture.

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Grade 9 Up–This invaluable guide is an expert abridgment of the acclaimed Oxford Classical Dictionary (3rd ed., 2003). This version, more readable in style and font, retains the core information and fascination of the parent volume at half its bulk. Entries center on the period 776 B.C.-A.D. 180. Alterations are judicious: all two paragraphs of the original entry on the Vindolanda tablets survive intact, for example, while the earlier editions lengthy piece on Roman history is cut to under half its original length. Although the bibliographies are gone, for nonspecialist users, abridgment is largely a blessing, eliminating distracting (and discouraging) byways and pointing readers to the essentials. Greek is transliterated but British usage remains. An appended article on the value of money in the classical world will help answer students perennial questions on that topic. A chronology, gazetteer, classical-author list, and six black-and-white maps add to the books scope. Teachers and students of history, literature, and classics will find this an outstanding reference volume.–Patricia D. Lothrop, St. Georges School, Newport, RI
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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`Review from previous edition magnificent' Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph, reviewing The Oxford Classical Dictionary

`scrupulously sourced intellectual meat of a texture that Socrates himself would savour' Sunday Times, reviewing The Oxford Classical Dictionary

`offers not only that breakfast for the mind we keep hearing about, but lunch, tea, dinner, supper and non-stop snacks' Washington Times, reviewing the Oxford Classical Dictionary

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5.0 out of 5 stars greatly improved Dec 4 2005
By discerning critic - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not a stripped down version of the old book, but contains much new material and much that has been rewritten. It is an indispensable reference book, not only for the classical student but for the general reader, and marvelous value. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Compendium Dec 4 2005
By Leonard P. Gladstone - Published on Amazon.com
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For once you can judge a book by its cover: both are stunning! I know of no other scholar who has so magically wedded a meticulous eye with a continual consideration for the lay reader. Reading this book you feel the presence of an author who truly loves the Classical World, in its broadest sense: encompassing literature, history, philosophy, and sociology. Whether you've always loved the classics or always hated them, I urge you to read this book.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reference Book Aug. 9 2007
By Dr. Mark Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This work will be enormously helpful to all students of antiquity. In conjunction with Margaret Howatson's Oxford Companion to Classical Literature (1989), it will give readers the basic information required to understand the classical world. That said, I must point to one omission that is so strange as to be positively weird. At its beginning (pp. x-xii), the Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World contains a list of 56 "Major Authors from Homer and Hesiod to Plutarch." How, oh how, can Sappho not be on this list? Her lesser contemporaries Alcaeus and Alcman are there, but she is not--nor, for that matter, is any other woman. Perhaps a subsequent edition will right this injustice.
6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stripped down Oct. 28 2005
By Constant Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
An abbreviated version of the Oxford Classical Dictionary, stripped of many entries and all bibliographies. This is now the third repackaging of the OCD (also appearing as Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization). The price is lower, but a waste of money. Save your pennies and buy the real thing.

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