The Birth of Classical Europe

A History from Troy to Augustine


Author: Simon Price,Peter Thonemann

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101475799

Category: History

Page: 416

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An innovative and intriguing look at the foundations of Western civilization from two leading historians; the first volume in the Penguin History of Europe The influence of ancient Greece and Rome can be seen in every aspect of our lives. From calendars to democracy to the very languages we speak, Western civilization owes a debt to these classical societies. Yet the Greeks and Romans did not emerge fully formed; their culture grew from an active engagement with a deeper past, drawing on ancient myths and figures to shape vibrant civilizations. In The Birth of Classical Europe, the latest entry in the much-acclaimed Penguin History of Europe, historians Simon Price and Peter Thonemann present a fresh perspective on classical culture in a book full of revelations about civilizations we thought we knew. In this impeccably researched and immensely readable history we see the ancient world unfold before us, with its grand cast of characters stretching from the great Greeks of myth to the world-shaping Caesars. A landmark achievement, The Birth of Classical Europe provides insight into an epoch that is both incredibly foreign and surprisingly familiar. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Flame of Miletus

The Birth of Science in Ancient Greece (and How it Changed the World)


Author: John Freely

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1780760515

Category: History

Page: 238

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Miletus - one of the wealthiest and most important towns in ancient Greece - spawned the great traditions of Greek science and philosophy, setting in motion a chain of knowledge that would change the world forever. This book explains the extraordinary development of Greek science and its subsequent diffusion to the wider world--

The Hellenistic Age


Author: Peter Thonemann

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198746040

Category: History

Page: 152

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The three centuries which followed the conquests of Alexander are perhaps the most thrilling of all periods of ancient history. This was an age of cultural globalization: in the third century BC, a single language carried you from the Rhone to the Indus. A Celt from the lower Danube could serve in the mercenary army of a Macedonian king ruling in Egypt, and a Greek philosopher from Cyprus could compare the religions of the Brahmins and the Jews on the basis of first-hand knowledge of both. Kings from Sicily to Tajikistan struggled to meet the challenges of ruling multi-ethnic states, and Greek city-states came together under the earliest federal governments known to history. The scientists of Ptolemaic Alexandria measured the circumference of the earth, while pioneering Greek Argonauts explored the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic coast of Africa. Drawing on inscriptions, papyri, coinage, poetry, art, and archaeology, in this Very Short Introduction Peter Thonemann opens up the history and culture of the vast Hellenistic world, from the death of Alexander the Great (323 BC) to the Roman conquest of the Ptolemaic kingdom (30 BC). ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Birth of Modern Europe

Culture and Economy, 1400-1800. Essays in Honor of Jan de Vries


Author: Laura Cruz,Joel Mokyr

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004189343

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 259

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It seems undeniable that Jan de Vries has cast an indelible impression upon the field of early modern economic history. Utilizing the methods and concepts pioneered by de Vries, the contributors in this Festschrift display the depth and breadth of his influence, with applications ranging from trade to architecture, from the Netherlands to China, and from the 1400s to the present day.

Liszt and the Birth of Modern Europe

Music as a Mirror of Religious, Political, Cultural, and Aesthetic Transformations : Proceedings of the International Conference Held at the Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio (Como) 14-18 December 1998


Author: Michael Saffle,Rossana Dalmonte

Publisher: Pendragon Press

ISBN: 9781576470275

Category: Music

Page: 341

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The third volume of Liszt Studies looks at the composer in his contemporary world.

The Birth of a Stereotype

Polish Rulers and Their Country in German Writings C. 1000 A.D.


Author: Andrzej Pleszczynski

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004185542

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

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Presenting the image of Poland created in Germany in the earliest period of existence of the Piast state (963-1034) this book identifies its context and describes the political and cultural relation between the Polish rulers and German élites of that time.

Egypt, Greece, and Rome

Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean


Author: Charles Freeman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199651922

Category: Art

Page: 759

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Covering more than four thousand years of ancient history, from the early Egyptians to the dawn of Byzantium, an illustrated introduction to the Mediterranean's three major civilizations examines their links and traces their influence up to the present day. UP.

Greco-Scythian Art and the Birth of Eurasia

From Classical Antiquity to Russian Modernity


Author: Caspar Meyer

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019968233X

Category: Art

Page: 431

View: 4440

Drawing on evidence from archaeology, art history, and textual sources to contextualize Greco-Scythian metalwork in ancient society, Meyer offers unique introductions to the archaeology of Scythia and its ties to Asia and classical Greece, modern museum and visual culture studies, and the intellectual history of classics in Russia and the West.

The Birth of Neolithic Britain

An Interpretive Account


Author: Julian Thomas

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191504645

Category: Social Science

Page: 528

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The beginning of the Neolithic in Britain is a topic of perennial interest in archaeology, marking the end of a hunter-gatherer way of life with the introduction of domesticated plants and animals, pottery, polished stone tools, and a range of new kinds of monuments, including earthen long barrows and megalithic tombs. Every year, numerous new articles are published on different aspects of the topic, ranging from diet and subsistence economy to population movement, architecture, and seafaring. Thomas offers a treatment that synthesizes all of this material, presenting a coherent argument to explain the process of transition between the Mesolithic-Neolithic periods. Necessarily, the developments in Britain are put into the context of broader debates about the origins of agriculture in Europe, and the diversity of processes of change in different parts of the continent are explored. These are followed by a historiographic treatment of debates on the transition in Britain. Chapters cover the Mesolithic background, processes of contact and interaction, monumental architecture and timber halls, portable artefacts, and plants and animals. The concluding argument is that developments in the economy and material culture must be understood as being related to fundamental social transformations.

The Birth of the Orchestra

History of an Institution, 1650-1815


Author: John Spitzer,Neal Zaslaw

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191513237

Category: Music

Page: 650

View: 1968

This book traces the emergence of the orchestra from 16th-century string bands to the 'classical' orchestra of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and their contemporaries. Ensembles of bowed stringed instruments, several players per part plus continuo and wind instruments, were organized in France in the mid-17th century and then in Rome at the end of the century. The prestige of these ensembles and of the music and performing styles of their leaders, Jean-Baptiste Lully and Arcangelo Corelli, caused them to be imitated elsewhere, until by the late 18th century, the orchestra had become a pan-European phenomenon. Spitzer and Zaslaw review previous accounts of these developments, then proceed to a thoroughgoing documentation and discussion of orchestral organization, instrumentation, and social roles in France, Italy, Germany, England, and the American colonies. They also examine the emergence of orchestra musicians, idiomatic music for orchestras, orchestral performance practices, and the awareness of the orchestra as a central institution in European life.