Penguin Book

The Birth of Classical Europe

Simon Price, Peter Thonemann

To an extraordinary extent we continue to live in the shadow of the classical world. From languages to calendars to political systems, we are the descendants of a 'classical Europe', using frames of reference created by ancient Mediterranean cultures.

As this consistently fresh and surprising new book makes clear, this was no less true for the inhabitants of those classical civilizations themselves, whose myths, history, and buildings were an elaborate engagement with an already old and revered past filled with great leaders and writers, emigrations and battles. Figures such as Alexander the Great and Augustus Caesar loom large in our imaginations today, but they were themselves fascinated by what had preceded them.

The Birth of Classical Europe is both an authoritative history, and also a fascinating attempt to show how our own changing values and interests have shaped our feelings about an era which is by some measures very remote but by others startlingly close.

Simon Price lectured at the University of Oxford for 27 years, where he taught Greek and Roman history. He has written, co-written, and co-edited many books on ancient religions and rituals.

Peter Thonemann has taught Greek and Roman history at Wadham College, Oxford, since 2007. He has published widely on the history of Asia Minor. His first book, The Maeander, will be published shortly.

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  • History
Format TPS
234 x 153mm
Penguin Group US (Viking)
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