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

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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
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 4th 2016 by Pegasus
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Manray9
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: classical-era
Nigel Spivey provides an informed perspective on the influence of classical history and thought upon the West, but as other GR reviewers have noted, there is little new here. The book's thematic organization is odd. It is broken down into chapters named for the important cities of the ancient world (Troy, Athens, Sparta, Rome, Alexandria, Ephesus and others), but the ties of the chapters' material to those cities are often tenuous and, in some cases, far-fetched. The Classical World: The Foundat ...more
Nick Jones
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.

A very good overview of the Classical civilizations of the Mediterranean and the key leaders & thinkers of the time (it should be said that the subtitle is a bit misleading, as the focus is solely on that period and not any connection to modern Western culture). It's very much a broad strokes sort of book, and people who are already well versed on ancient history will probably find it much too limited in detail, but it'd m
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Michael
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading the book. However I feel that it leaves out too many details.

Maybe it is a good book for someone that has never studied the subject and does not have time to actually study it (or does not want to).
Chuck Abdella
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
A good, readable overview of Classical Civilizations with an interesting hook by examining a different ancient city in each chapter.
Seamusin
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Meander with me. Manages to squeeze a lot into ~300p, in terms of time and theme, and still remain pleasently readable. If it had been just a little tighter and shorter would've been 5-star for sure.
Daniel Kukwa
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The book offers this write-up as an explanation of what it sets out to be: "an authoritative and accessible study of the foundations, development, and enduring legacy of the cultures of Greece and Rome". Does it succeed? It's a mixed bag, to be sure...the concise nature of the book IS accessible, but it travels by at such a pace that it picks and chooses what to focus upon with dispassionate brutality. The focus is variable: for every fantastic analysis of Socrates, there is an annoying dismissa ...more
Kme_17
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this as a first read. This book is a great look at history in the Mediterranean . Definitely very well research. There is not a lot of detail however that is to be excepted with such a broad span of time. A very interesting book that got me interested in different cultures featured here.
James
Nov 22, 2016 rated it liked it
An easy-going style in a historical narrative is always a pleasure. The 'classical' world is Greco-Roman. As noted, it drew on Egyptian sources for geometry and pharaonic administration. Athens and Sparta are my favorite chapters.
John
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Very well presented. Already knew most of the content, but this was extremely readable and fun
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