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. OrganizAncient 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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Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece Reviews
This book was set up as having short paragraphs on different topics. Some topics being; Hellenistic Period, women, rulers and leaders, military, Greek language, Greek alphabet, books, libraries, calendars, clocks, family, marriage, death, afterlife and many more topics. I wish they had this "handbook" type book for every culture and country. The author does have a similar book on Rome which I will need to check out. I'm considering a history minor so this book was a great introduction to the history of Ancient Greece.Something interesting with relations to books is that owning books was uncommon. Which makes sense since things were scribed by hand. This was common for a long time until the printing press, making mass copies readily available. And Aristotle may have been the first to collect books and arrange them systematically. With prayers there is a formula followed. Prayers aren't based on the afterlife but are geared towards the benefits of living. Each city had their own list of months. The Athenian Calendar being represented in this book. I was surprised that none of the Athenian calendar months sound similar to their respective English month. Considering so many things derive from Greek words, including my name... and the English equivalency: Irene. ***I looked it up and the months get their name by Latin, Greek and Roman gods***The book ends with information on death.
This book is different from others of its kind in the fact that it divides the lives of ancient Greece into two major categories; city life and rural life. And well it should, as the lives of a Greek living in the city would have diverged greatly from the life of a farmer or rural slave. I particularly enjoy this discussion of various lives and traditions. This book is also beneficial in the fact that it provides information of the army and navy of various city states and provides an index of important Greeks so that one can easily access the “Cliffsnotes” of Greek biographies. This has helped so often when my mind has blanked on a name or I am researching a minor historical figure.
I scanned through this at the library and decided that it wasn't something for casual reading. It's a series of short articles organized by type and activity including lists of names, etc. It should really be called an encyclopedia and not a handbook. However if you really need an encyclopedia on ancient Greece, this is a great first book.Nowhere near as interesting as their Jane Austen's England book.
More limited than their works on Rome, the Adkins family is still brilliant.