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by Both Professional Archaeologists Roy A Adkins,Lesley Adkins

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ISBN: 0816056595
Author: Both Professional Archaeologists Roy A Adkins,Lesley Adkins
Language: English
Publisher: Facts on File; Updated ed. edition (January 1, 2005)
Pages: 514
Category: Humanities
Subcategory: Other
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 520
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Archaeologists Lesley and Roy Adkins offer a sweeping overview of the Roman world in Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome

Archaeologists Lesley and Roy Adkins offer a sweeping overview of the Roman world in Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome For instance, in the chapter on towns and countryside, one can find information that spans from the planning and construction of aqueducts to the furnishings found in the typical Roman apartment. Though each entry is fairly short, the authors include extensive bibliographies at the end of each chapter, as well as over 125 photographs, line drawings, and maps to round out the picture.

Lesley and Roy Adkins' book on Greek civilization is a thourough categorical text covering everything from political institutions to fashion

Lesley and Roy Adkins' book on Greek civilization is a thourough categorical text covering everything from political institutions to fashion. If you are just beginning to learn about Greek civilization, I strongly recommend this book above all other introductory texts: there's simply no comparison! As you learn more of the basic information, the book has an excellent bibliography and reference guide to authoritative books or academic texts that focus on a specific area.

This book is very informative about daily life in ancient Greece.

A follow-up to Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome (Facts On File, 1994) by the same authors, both professional archaeologists, this work adds to the publisher's ever-growing line of reasonably priced ready-reference works on history. According to the introduction, "the aim of this book is to present information relating to Greek history from the Minoan period to the Roman conquest"-a period from about 3000 . This book is very informative about daily life in ancient Greece.

Lesley and Roy A. Adkins are both professional archaeologists. They have written numerous books together including Dictionary of Roman Religion, An Introduction to Archaeology, and Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece. Библиографические данные. Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome Oxford paperbacks. Lesley Adkins, Roy A. Adkins. Издание: иллюстрированное, перепечатанное, исправленное.

Roy and Lesley Adkins are writers and archaeologists. They are Members of the Institute for Archaeologists and Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries of London. They have both written several books. Based in south-west England, near Exeter in Devon, they devote much of their time to writing. Their first book was A Thesaurus of British Archaeology, better known by its paperback title of The Handbook of British Archaeology.

Clear, authoritative, and highly organized, Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome provides a unique look at a civilization whose art .

Clear, authoritative, and highly organized, Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome provides a unique look at a civilization whose art, literature, law, and engineering influenced the whole of Western Europe throughout the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and beyond Читать весь отзыв. An unusual and intriguing reference book. -The Good Book Guide. Illustrations Tables Acknowledgments 1. Republic and Empire 2. Military Affairs 3. Geography of the Roman World 4. Towns and Countryside 5. Travel and Trade 6. Written Evidence 7. Religin 8. Economy and Industry 9. Everyday Life Bibliography Index.

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Roy A. Adkins has a degree in archaeology. Both have been professional archaeologists for more than 20 years and have worked for the Milton Keynes Archaeology Unit, the South West London Archaeological Unit, and the Museum of London before becoming independent consultants. Their publications include The Keys to Egypt as well as Facts On File's Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece and Dictionary of Roman Religion. 6 Tried to include as much useful, factual information as possible relating to the entire Roman period up to the 5 th century AD Viewpoint/ Objectivity.

Ancient Greek culture was the product of centuries of change, resulting in a complex network of city-states whose legacy exerts a profound influence on modern Western civilization. Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece explores three millennia of ancient Greek history and archaeology, from the advent of the Minoan civilization in Crete to the Roman conquest in 30 B.C. Organized thematically, the Handbook explores all aspects of life in ancient Greece. Each chapter includes an extensive bibliography as well as original line drawings, photographs and maps. Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece combines archaeological and historical sources to provide all the essential information required by anyone interested in Greek history, archaeology, literature or culture.

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betelgeuze
This book is very informative about daily life in ancient Greece.
Gashakar
Lesley and Roy Adkins' book on Greek civilization is a thourough categorical text covering everything from political institutions to fashion. The book also has extensive photographs and illustrations detailing countless subjects such as military formations and equipment, city plans and development, architecture, etc., etc. For a general reference guide, it's the most exhaustive, detailed, and accurate text I have ever found. A perfect book that can be easily used by adults or children, and teachers or students. A perfect classroom textbook for high school or general education-level college students.

If you are just beginning to learn about Greek civilization, I strongly recommend this book above all other introductory texts: there's simply no comparison! As you learn more of the basic information, the book has an excellent bibliography and reference guide to authoritative books or academic texts that focus on a specific area. This book is truly one of the best investments one can make in the study of Ancient Greece.
Original
In his Preface to 'The Genius of Alexander the Great,' 1997, NGL Hammond states:
'The narratives which survive were written between three and five centuries after Alexander's career, and their portrayals of Alexander vary widely not only in what might be regarded as matters of fact but also in interpretations of Alexander's personality. The latter range from intellectual brilliance and statesmanlike vision to unbridled lust for conquest and drunken debauchery. The temptation for modern writers is to pick and choose from these narratives what suits his own conception of Alexander's personality...' Lesley and Roy Adkins have taken it upon themselves to judge Alexander a murderer and self-appointed god.
Hammond also says, 'In 1980 when I published a book on Alexander I wrote that my aim was "to state most of the evidence and bring the reader into the task of evaluation." Thus, to take as an example the Battle of the Granicus, I reported the incompatible versions of the ancient writers (Diodorus, Plutarch and Arrian in particular), added some topographical details, and put forward my reconstruction, which rested on my own evaluation of the worth of the rival accounts. The reader was thereby equipped to make his own assessment of what actually happened, and he was enabled to carry his study further by consulting the works of other scholars to which reference was provided. Thus it was a work designed to provoke inquiry into and estimation of Alexander's achievements.'
The 'Handbook' is clearly designed the other way round, to flatly assert 'facts' where the quest is more powerful than ever, now that we have modern technology and scholarship; and worse, the 'Handbook' is designed to be used regularly by students. Worst of all, perhaps, is that such scholars as the Adkins must know what they are doing, as well as their publisher, no doubt!
So they have to contradict themselves in places, as for example in the statistical description of Alexander's army, they have to admit that 'No work of contemporary authors has survived to provide information about the army of Alexander.' This does not stop them from judging Alexander elsewhere as though their opinion were fact.
This is important because it is reported by many historians, including S. Price, for example, in 'Greece and The Hellenistic World' (Oxford University Press, 1986) that Alexander spread democracy. That the cities he founded continued to assert the desirability of democracy against a tyranny or an oligarchy. This democratic impulse can logically be understood as a liberating force that defined the Hellenistic legacy and continues today. It was so controversial and fought over that the sources are charged with the political atmosphere of their day. If you check the 'Handbook' in its index under democracy you will find that the subject is given the once over lightly. This is irresponsible when it comes to our Greek heritage.
One more quote from Hammond's preface (my parentheses). 'To take an example, it may be more attractive to attribute the burning of the palace (of Darius) at Persepolis to an act of drunken vandalism by an Athenian prostitute and an inebriated king (Alexander) than to a deliberate decision of policy.' A policy, I might add, that could well be reflected in the fact that Alexander designated no 'heir' and even the generals who fought over the land after his death delayed quite a while, it seems, before declaring themselves kings (or gods as in Ptolemy's case, who wrote one of the lost source biographies of Alexander).
Not that I agree with Hammond everywhere in his personal evaluations, but he demonstrates the kind of scholarly integrity that puts the likes of this 'Handbook' and other such references these days to shame. So in spite of the detail the Adkins provide, it is so undermined by their assumptions that I can only warn the buyer with a star.
The 'Handbook' presents the Greek legacy as basically royalist and, without giving the other side, debases the Greeks and our common heritage with important assumptions presented as facts.
Fog
great condition and great read.
Mardin
I really hoped to have a book that would convey to me how it was and how it felt to live in Ancient Greece. I guess that all of the necessary information is there, but it is not presented in any cogent way.

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