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- Editor: OUP USA; Edición: New (25 de marzo de 2010)
- Colección: The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0195170725
- ISBN-13: 978-0195170726
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- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº1.400.375 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome: The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome: Seven-volume set (Inglés) Tapa dura – 25 mar 2010
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Certainly there are considerable gains in the Oxford Encyclopedia's charming presentation of contemporary scholarship as a united, mostly good-humoured and unremittingly reasonable activity.
It would be a curmudgeonly reader indeed who was not impressed by the sheer achievement of this expansive version of the ancient world. (TLS 17.09.10)
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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome is an accessible guide and a comprehensive overview of the major cultures of the classical Mediterranean world―Greek,or Hellenistic, and Roman―from the Bronze Age to the fifth century CE. It also covers the legacy of the classical world and its interpretation and influence in subsequentical world centuries.
Each article, written by leading scholars in the field, seeks to convey the significance of the people, places, and historical events of classical antiquity, together with its intellectual and material culture.
BL Greek and Latin Literature
BL Authors and Their Works
BL Historical Figures and Events
BL Religion and Mythology
BL Art, Artists, Artistic Themes, and Materials
BL Archaeology, Philosophers, and Philosophical Schools
BL Science and Technology
BL Politics, Economics, and Society
BL Material Culture and Everyday Life
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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece & Rome certainly fits that traditional prescription. Yet a problem remains with the level at which it is pitched. Many of the articles on key topics and figures of the ancient world are shorter than the corresponding articles in the print versions of the Encyclopedia Britannica. For the scholar or university student, it all feels a little short, as if the 7 volumes and 3,400 pages are just too tight a constraint for a field as vast as the ancient world. But for the high-school student, or casual reader, it is too detailed, being less accessible than an online resource or general-purpose encyclopedia such as Encarta.
On its own terms however, the Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece & Rome is certainly an excellent work. It is balanced, authoritative, well-written and carefully edited into a uniformity of style and coverage which makes for pleasant and stimulating reading. It would grace the shelves of any library or well-heeled reader with an interest in the classics.
Unfortunately, the astronomical price tag will preclude extensive sales. This work will probably find its niche eventually as a online resource, and the print copy - like the Britannica - will become a nostalgic curiosity in the collections of dedicated bibliophiles.
Now, what really killed it for me, and it pains me to say this, because one of the main editors was one of my favorite professors in grad school, was the selection of contributors. There are some fine contributors, although generally they wrote only one entry. On the other hand, I've been baffled at the overall list. Not only are many contributors of no distinction at all in the areas they treat, but a very large number of contributors aren't even professionals. As an erstwhile academic, for many entries, I could think of at least a dozen people who had written books or articles in a given area who would have had some justification for contributing, while in their place, time and again, I saw people of whom I'd never heard, who apparently don't work in academics and aren't affiliated with an educational institution.
The sad truth is, I really think this series was slapped together as a money grab, something most libraries would rush to buy at any price, and the editors just put out a cattle call for volunteers to slap together a mass of very uneven entries. I am even more convinced of this, when I look at the large font and slimness of the volumes themselves. This could (and should) have been a 3-volume set, but of course that would look less magisterial. One notes that the Oxford Classical Dictionary, 3rd ed., actually contains more entries and vastly more references, in one volume.