The Birth of Classical Europe by Simon Price
A History from Troy to Augustine

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A stunning work of research and imagination that sheds new light of the ancient world.

The western world has long been fascinated by classical Greek and Roman cultures, whose ideas and achievements underpin our own. Yet little has been written about how those ancient societies existed in conversation with an even deeper past, reaching back to the world of the Trojans and the time of Homer. An authoritative history covering two millennia of human experience, The Birth of Classical Europe presents provocative new perspectives on the world in whose shadow we continue to live. The authors' thoughtful, innovative approach to understanding the epochs of Alexander the Great and Augustus Caesar shows how our own changing values and interests have shaped our feelings about an era that is at once remote and startlingly close.


 

About Simon Price

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SIMON PRICE was a lecturer in Greek and Roman history at Lady Margaret Hall and St. Hugh's College, Oxford, and has written and edited numerous books on ancient religions. PETER THONEMANN taught Greek and Roman history at Wadham College, Oxford.
 
Published January 4, 2011 by Penguin Books. 416 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Although the book ends with Augustine's masterpiece, The City of God, in which the saint subjected the entire framework of classical history to a radically Christian makeover, attempts at cultural appropriation in antiquity generally reflected not hostility to what had gone before, but rather a p...

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Price and Thonemann, both historians of ancient Greece and Rome (Price is currently at Oxford University, Thonemann taught there previously), have created a multidisciplinary study with emphasis on th

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Both Greek and Roman elites were .

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