• Title: The Encyclopedia of Ancient History, 13 Volume Set
  • Author: Roger S. Bagnall, Andrew Erskine, Kai Brodersen, Craige B. Champion, Sabine R. Huebner
  • Released: 2012-12-03
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 7768
  • ISBN: 140517935X
  • ISBN13: 978-1405179355
  • ASIN: 140517935X
From *Starred Review* Shattering the scholarly orthodoxy surrounding antiquity, the editors of the Encyclopedia of the Ancient World have brought a new dynamic to the topic by shunning attempts to create a concrete and immovable understanding of the ancient world in favor of a more fluid, evolutionary brand of scholarship. The result of this monumental editorial effort is both a stunningly original and resplendently edifying work of impeccable research that moves beyond the confines of the Greek and Roman world and into the amorphous realm of the ancient Near East. Most important, these volumes transcend previous attempts at the scholarship of the ancient world, in that the encyclopedia’s online version was created as a “living document” that will continue to grow as new research becomes available. An overview of subjects including “Byzantium,” “Economy,” “Bronze and Iron Age,” “Science,” and “Social History” gives some idea of the work’s extensive scope. A veritable army of contributors from across the globe (1,827 in all!) has brought a tremendous amount of scholarship and varied viewpoints to the accomplished goal of broad coverage and intellectual rigor. Prefaced by a list of entries, editors, contributors, and 19 black-and-white maps, the volumes dispense with the usual general introduction and get right to nearly 5,000 individual entries, ranging from Abantes to Zygouries. Individual entries range in length from a few paragraphs for more esoteric subjects to several pages for general topics such as Aesthetics, Diplomacy, Stoicism, and Warfare. Other examples include Amarna letters, Divination, Oedipus, Seleucids, Troy, and Yahweh. Each entry includes several see also terms for cross-referencing as well as suggested reading for further research. The overall structure is seamless and the writing is lucid throughout. The final volume is a 303-page comprehensive index, which speaks to the encyclopedia’s overall scale and scope. The Encyclopedia of Ancient History is truly a monumental achievement that supplants any and all predecessors. Make no mistake about it; this is an academic work written with an academic audience in mind, placing it outside the collections of most public libraries and high-school media centers. But for any college-level collection supporting ancient-history programs, this excellent set is a must-have. --Brian Odom

Review

 “Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers.”  (Choice, 1 October 2013)

The Encyclopedia of Ancient History is truly a monumental achievement that supplants any and all predecessors. Make no mistake about it; this is an academic work written with an academic audience in mind, placing it outside the collections of most public libraries and high-school media centers. But for any college-level collection supporting ancient-history programs, this excellent set is a must-have.”  (Booklist, 22 March 2013)

"The Encyclopedia of Ancient History is a welcome addition to our reference collection for Classics in Oxford. The online version is especially useful due to its searching and browsing capabilities, and I think the entire resource will benefit students of Ancient History and related subjects at all levels. As a librarian, I look forward to introducing our readers to The Encyclopedia of Ancient History and will include it in my list of essential reference works for new students in the future." - Charlotte Goodall, Oxford University Bodleian Library

"Written by an international team of well-respected scholars, The Encyclopedia of Ancient History takes the inclusion of all Mediterranean cultures seriously and devotes full attention to often disregarded areas and topic of ancient history. It is heartening to see that the regions of Egypt and the Ancient Near East are given complete coverage as well as periods like the Late Bronze Age and late Antiquity." - Marc Van De Mieroop, Columbia University

"A distinguished range of international experts has contributed to Wiley-Blackwell's expansive new Encyclopedia of Ancient History. The modern undergraduate now has access, in libraries and at computers, to a dictionary of antiquity written in a straightforward and relaxed style that avoids the obscurantist over-compression of some of its rivals." - Daniel Ogden, University of Exeter

 

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