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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (56 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Thonemann, Simon Price Narrator: Don Hagen Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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To an extraordinary extent we continue to live in the shadow of the classical world. At every level, 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 audio book makes clear, however, 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-one filled with great leaders and writers, emigrations and battles. Indeed, much of the reason we know so much about the classical past is because of the obsessive importance it held for so many generations of Greeks and Romans, who interpreted and reinterpreted their changing casts of heroes and villains. Figures such as Alexander the Great and Augustus Caesar loom large in our imaginations today, but they themselves were fascinated by what had preceded them.

A stunning work of research and imagination, The Birth of Classical Europe is an authoritative history, covering two millennia of human experience and casting new light on the world that in many ways still defines our own. In their thoughtful look at the twin engines of memory and culture, Simon Price and Peter Thonemann show how our own changing values and interests have shaped our feelings about an era that is by some measures very remote but by others startlingly close.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “For both scholars and amateur historians, this work will have great value.”


  • “Excellent.”

    The Times Literary Supplement

  • “Elegant and readable.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • The Birth of Classical Europe combines a strong narrative with sophisticated thematic analysis and reflection.” 

    The Times Literary Supplement

  • The Birth of Classical Europe is an old-fashioned attempt to turn raw historical facts into a grand narrative.” 

    Barnes&Noble review

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lauren Albert | 9/14/2013

    " I read this book and I don't think I could tell you anything about it. I found it very hard to stick with it. Dry? Confusing? Both? I don't know. Perhaps it was too academic for me. It is definitely not for the general reader who doesn't already know a lot about the subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kris | 5/23/2013

    " easy-to-read, wide-ranging history from Minoans through Rome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Collin | 2/25/2013

    " Best history book on Europe 2000 BC to 500 AD I have read probably. As interesting as history books can be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John | 12/12/2012

    " A very broad, all encompassing approach to the whole period from the Minoans on Crete right through to the Romans (via the Greeks). A very fast-paced read, that gave a great overview of the whole Classical period in Europe. "

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