Robin Lane Fox
- Title: Classical World: An Epic History of Greece and Rome
- Author: Robin Lane Fox
- ISBN: 9780141021416
- Page: 315
- Format: Paperback
Robin Lane Fox s The Classical World An Epic History of Greece and Rome is a comprehensive and enthralling introduction to Ancient civilization.The classical civilizations of Greece and Rome dominated the world for centuries and continue to intrigue and enlighten us with their inventions, whether philosophy, politics, theatre, athletics, celebrity, science or the pleasureRobin Lane Fox s The Classical World An Epic History of Greece and Rome is a comprehensive and enthralling introduction to Ancient civilization.The classical civilizations of Greece and Rome dominated the world for centuries and continue to intrigue and enlighten us with their inventions, whether philosophy, politics, theatre, athletics, celebrity, science or the pleasures of horse racing Robin Lane Fox s spellbinding history, spans almost a thousand years of change from the foundation of the world s first democracy in Athens to the Roman Republic and the Empire under Hadrian.Bringing great figures such as Homer, Socrates, Cicero, Alexander, Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Augustus and the first Christian martyrs to life, exploring freedom, justice and luxury, this wonderfully exciting tour brings the turbulent histories of Greece and Rome together in a masterly study Epic in the true sense The Times Books of the Year He writes supremely well a keen eye for the telling detail and powerful example the humanity of the exercise shines through compulsory, and compulsive, reading Peter Jones, Sunday TelegraphRobin Lane Fox is a Fellow of New College, Oxford, and a University Reader in Ancient History His other books include Alexander the Great, Pagans and Christians and The Unauthorized Version He was historical advisor to Oliver Stone on the making of Stone s film Alexander, for which he waived all his fees on condition that he could take part in the cavalry charge against elephants which Stone staged in the Moroccan desert.
Recent Comments "Classical World: An Epic History of Greece and Rome"
This book sets itself a massive task, telling almost a thousand years of Greek and Roman history in a few hundred pages. It is an enjoyable read, and I gained new insights into a fascinating era.The book is as much a political and cultural history as it is a series of dates and events or the doings of great men. I found this extremely interesting, and it chimed well with the broad sweep of the narrative.One other thing I really liked was the authors clarity on the limits of what is knowable, whe [...]
I think this book should interest some readers who need an overview on Rome and Greece in the Classical World. At first sight, it may intimidate some reluctant ones since we need time to cover its 606 pages, 55 Chapters from 'Hadrian and the Classical World' (Prologue) to 'Hadrian: a Retrospective' (Epilogue) encapsulated by Parts One-Six. However, its first advantage is that each Chapter's not too long; I think the author's planned well and kept this in mind or else they may be too tedious for [...]
Clearly written by an academic, but intended for the popular history market, this book was worth the reading but still a disappointment - on a number of levels.The format is largely chronological, running from circa. 800 BC through to 140 AD, with the occasional themed chapters on cultural, military and economic histories of the peoples of the Classical age. The style of writing varies from dense and tiring (especially in the first half) to beautifully fluent, with not much consistency from chap [...]
Probably I should give it two stars - the section on Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic kings is really fascinating - but by the time I got to the end, it felt like it had been such a dull, frustrating slog. I think the fundamental problem is that Lane Fox hasn't really thought about his audience; the book appears to be a bunch of chronological essays charting how attitudes towards and the practice of freedom, luxury and justice developed in the Greek and Roman worlds, but it gives too much [...]
Robin Lane Fox's monumental Classical World was a tour de force of a book spanning the worlds of Greece and Rome right from the time of the epic poet Homer (7th(?) - 8th(?) Century BCE) to the Roman Emperor Hadrian (1st - 2nd Century CE).Robin Lane-Fox is a professor of Classical History at Oxford University, and is eminently suited to handle such a massive task he has taken on.Lane-Fox makes it immediately clear why he picked the two giants as bookends very early in the book. Both characters su [...]
Absolutely wonderful! Fox has written a superb book on the classical world from the time of Homer (c. 800 BC) to the reign of the Emperor Hadrian (c. 120-140 AD). Staying away from a purely story form of telling the history of this time, Fox mixes historical detail with some historical sociology of both Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome within clearly defined time periods (ex. the differences between Archaic Greece, Classical Greece, and Hellenistic Greece). He does this by revolving around three [...]
Truly an epic history of the ancient world18 April 2010 While I might not agree with everything in this book (and a book on the Ancient World is going to deal with a lot of speculation based upon the evidence that we have) this is a good book that gives a great overview of Greece and Rome between Homer and Herodotus (one of the disagreements I have is that I believe the classical world came to an end with Augustus). There are two main themes running through this book and that is the question of [...]
What I learned from this book is that huge overviews of time periods, no matter how well-written, cannot save themselves from sounding like lists of names and dates. I'm not going to read books like this anymore. I'll pick specific things from interesting times and focus in on them instead. Not your fault, Robin Lane Fox! Good effort!
Robin Lane Fox has authored a sweeping history of what he calls "The Classical World," from Homer's Greece to Hadrian's Roman Empire. While a work of such scope means that there cannot be great depth in discussing any point in that era; on the other hand, it provides a bird's eye view of issues, themes, and change over time. The author himself notes that (page xv): "It is a challenge to be asked to write a history of some none hundred years, especially when the evidence is so scattered and diver [...]
This was a four for the information but a three for the dryness. It dragged for me, taking almost three weeks to finish which is a long time with my reading speed. Copious information. But I didn't run back to it when I had a free minute.
The first book I read before I delved into Graeco-Roman history and serves as an excellent introduction to the latter, as well as being good for reference.
This was a book that I have struggled to finish, having got about halfway through in my first attempt, before ignoring it for a while, and then finally deciding to restart from the beginning, which still took more of a dedicated effort to follow all the way through than many books would require for me. It is not very well-tied together, I find, and the author follows the chronology of the narrative through an indirect, thematic focus which emphasizes a particular theme along the series of events [...]
I'd read one of Fox's book previously. Therefore, seeing this title at the Park Ridge Library booksale, I picked it up with some confidence. Reviewing books on ancient history for a scholarly journal, but not being a classicist, I keep my hand in by regularly reading popular books on the subject.Robin Lane Fox is likely a very good teacher. His books are accessible, even fun, because he punctuates serious discussion with odd tidbits, the kinds of quirky facts which helped get me interested in hi [...]
I picked this up a couple of years ago but never quite found the right time to start. Perhaps the week my son came home from hospital wasn't the smartest, as the sleep deprivation and distractions made it tough to get through at times.I find this era of humanity interesting but have very little actual knowledge regarding the details. This book goes a fair way towards rectifying that. It's a tough one though - at times it's a little too detailed and specific, at others broadly sparse. I'm not sur [...]
En las reseñas que leí de este libro, lo presentaban como un tratado histórico del período clásico escrito de una forma divulgativa y novelada. Como entusiasta de la historia decidí leerlo, sin embargo el libro no se corresponde en absoluto con lo esperado.Si bien la narración y la escritura son fluidas y accesibles, el tratamiento de la historia es profundo. Define, acota, discute y compara cada ínfimo detalle relativo al período histórico a tratar. Esto lo convierte en un gran libro [...]
a historical summary by an academic who knows his primary sources. he has his (understandable) favourites - pliny, hadrian. all fine, plenty of compressed erudition. almost nothing on less traditional approaches to classics, e.g. economic history. but my main problem was that, contrary to the excerpted reviews on the cover and to the title, i found the writing dull. it didn't bring to life what really was an epic time that did change the world and still greatly molds how we think and act.
this would be fine-- except for the almost complete lack of social history and the personality of Fox (misogynist, priggish, bizarrely prejudiced). Robin Lane Fox is of a species that we all assume extinct but somehow continues to flourish at Oxbridge-- the old reactionary, deeply annoying, self-absorbed fox hunting toff.
Finally done!! That book has a lot of information but it is wonderfully organized and I feel ready to read some historical fiction that takes place during the Classical time period. One in particular I am thinking of is Hadrian's Wall. The Classical World is a pretty hefty read but so worth it when you want a broad scope of the Classical history.
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Low 5. The author provides a wonderful, comprehensive, yet digestible, history of the classical worlds of Greece and Rome. No exact date exists to map the rise of the ‘polis’, or city state, which dominated the classical stage but Lane Fox believes this development took place between 950-700BC. Though no national country existed, these communities of warriors did share a common language and religious beliefs. Potential for domestic disorder over limited available land was offset by the oppor [...]
A standard 'history' of classical Greece and RomeThis is undeniably a good, light read, but in some ways it is out of touch with the actual research occupying classicists working academically in the field. Yes, I know that Lane Fox is a hugely respected Oxford academic, but all the same there is something very traditional and almost wistful about this simple reading of the history of Greece and Rome. This concentrates on 'events' rather than analysis, and given the huge scope of the book, treats [...]
Well, I suppose I got what I asked for: a sprawling history of nearly 1000 years. I’m sure taking 14 pages of notes had something to do with it, but tackling this beast felt like a chore, especially when I was away from it. I relished the wild stories of depraved emperors, but lumbered through the subtle shifts of power and alterations of the legal system. Ultimately, I did get what I wanted: a better understanding of when and where famous Greek and Roman figures existed, how they related to o [...]
El libro en general es de fácil lectura y, a pesar del reto que impone su extensión, logra mantener el interés a lo largo de todo su contenido. Me parece que fue un acierto del autor dividir el desarrollo en ensayos cortos enfocados a temas específicos; algunos de ellos magistralmente narrados. Sin embargo, también me parece que Lane tiende a dejar muchos cabos sueltos. Por otro lado, no sé qué tan adecuada sea esa práctica, común entre los historiadores, de establecer una tesis y desar [...]
The title epic is well deserved, butFor my personal interest the Roman bit was a bit weak. It was interesting how he sorted the final years of the republic to Hadrian into a few topics. Unfortunately that leaves a lot of gaps what happened and why. The Greek part seems a lot denser and detailed. Considering that is the author's field not surprising. Plus I know less about that time so there's more new stuff in there for me. Rome was mostly seen in context to Greece. That's a bit myopic. But stil [...]
Robin Lane Fox, what can I say! This book is outstanding. Fox walks us through from the ancient tales of Homer and the Battle for Troy right through the development of the Ancient Greek Civilization, through Macedonian spread of that culture right through most of Rome's significant history, right up to Hadrian.To some this would seem a dificult and someone dry subject base but Mr Fox is able to bring it to life as an exciting adventure. This book leaves me with a base knowledge but thirsting for [...]
An interesting read, a narrative history on a large canvas, sweeping and insightful.
Enjoyed this read; learned a lot; I don't necessarily agree with all the author's assertions but it's a good overview to a rather sizable swath of history!
This is an excellent overview to The Classical World, a period I admit to knowing very little about. Robin Lane Fox discusses the high politics and social history for hundreds of years of Greek and Roman history. The writing is generally compelling and, at times, quite humorous and the chapter's are nicely sized to digest a large amount of information. However, they are of varying quality/interest and I found some sections (such as on Pliny) to be a little dull. I also found the author's throw a [...]
Written right on the cover of Robin Lane Fox’s book about the history of Greece and Rome is the word epic. It’s there three times, actually. I guess that’s a word which has lost it’s power in recent years, but it used to apply to the ancient world a lot, particularly to long poems by Homer and Virgil.Neither of them really have a large role here in his book, but the sheer size and scope of Fox’s book sort of reminded me of them: he attempts to take a good 600-plus years of history, pre [...]
Lane Fox's book is probably the best one volume history in English of the nine centuries centered on the Mediterranean that stretch from the "pre-classical classical" world of the blind poet to the satirist Juvenal when Rome ruled the world from Britain to the Red Sea. Knowing a bit of the Greeks--Homer (of course) lots of Plato, not much Aristotle; Thucydides but not Herodotus; Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides; some of Alexander's campaigns and much less of the Romans, based on mostly on spottil [...]
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