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1. History, genre, text

1. History, genre, text  

William Allen

in Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2014
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Mar 2014
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9780191779701
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199665457.003.0001
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‘History, genre, text’ introduces this overview of classical literature, a period spanning over 1,200 years (c.750 bc to ad 500) and explains how these texts survived to this day. The ... More
5. The transformation of Etruria

5. The transformation of Etruria  

Christopher Smith

in The Etruscans: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2014
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May 2014
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9780191779817
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10.1093/actrade/9780199547913.003.0006
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9780199547913
‘The transformation of Etruria’ looks at the influence of Greek culture on the Etruscans and assesses its real extent. This influence can be seen in many aspects of Etruscan art and ... More
9. Syracuse

9. Syracuse  

Paul Cartledge

in Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778124
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601349.003.0009
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9780199601349
Syracuse, as well as Massalia, provides a good example of a settlement on the ‘Western Greeks’ side of Ancient Greece. ‘Syracuse’ examines the history of this city located on the island of ... More
7. Word and image

7. Word and image  

David M. Gwynn

in The Roman Republic: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778070
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10.1093/actrade/9780199595112.003.0008
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9780199595112
How was Republican art and architecture shaped by outside influences? What does it tell us about Roman life? ‘Word and image’ explains how the earliest Latin poet we know by name, Livius ... More
2. Running the empire

2. Running the empire  

Gillian Clark

in Late Antiquity: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777295
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10.1093/actrade/9780199546206.003.0002
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9780199546206
Peace and order were the basic duties of Roman government. ‘Running the empire’ explains how these duties were achieved or unfulfilled. The reigns and styles of government of emperors such ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Helen Morales

in Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780191776052
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804761.003.0001
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9780192804761
What is a myth? It is made up of three dimensions: lore, ideology, and pleasure. Scholars have come up with many definitions of a myth. The Introduction looks at what a myth is and its ... More
6. Fighting

6. Fighting  

Harry Sidebottom

in Ancient Warfare: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191776045
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804709.003.0006
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9780192804709
It wasn't until John Keegan's book The Face of Battle was published in 1976 that historians started to look at battle from the perspective of the ordinary soldier. ‘Fighting’ looks at ... More
6. The long interlude: (12th century to 7th century bc)

6. The long interlude: (12th century to 7th century bc)  

Trevor Bryce

in Babylonia: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2016
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Sep 2016
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9780191793288
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198726470.003.0007
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9780198726470
In the early twelfth century bc, the Greek and Near Eastern worlds were shaken by a series of catastrophic upheavals that brought the Bronze Age to an end. ‘The long interlude’ outlines the ... More
2. A view from the Mediterranean

2. A view from the Mediterranean  

Barry Cunliffe

in The Celts: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775901
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804181.003.0002
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9780192804181
‘A view from the Mediterranean’ shows the changing image of the Celts in ancient times. Knowledge of the Celts was limited until the fourth century BC, when they appeared as migrants, ... More
5. Peoples on the move

5. Peoples on the move  

Barry Cunliffe

in The Celts: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775901
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804181.003.0005
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9780192804181
‘Peoples on the move’ points out that the movement of Celts from north of the Alps into the Mediterranean lands after about 400 BC is amply documented by Greek and Roman historians writing ... More
4. Drama

4. Drama  

William Allen

in Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2014
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Mar 2014
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9780191779701
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10.1093/actrade/9780199665457.003.0004
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9780199665457
‘Drama’ considers two of the most popular genres of ancient literature — tragedy and comedy — and tries to account for their success as forms of mass entertainment. It shows how each of the ... More
8. Etruscan religion

8. Etruscan religion  

Christopher Smith

in The Etruscans: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2014
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May 2014
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9780191779817
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199547913.003.0009
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9780199547913
‘Etruscan religion’ aims to shed light on the apparent ‘mysterious origins’ of Etruscan religious practices. Evidence of sanctuaries and temples shows lavish architecture expenditure from ... More
6. Barbarism

6. Barbarism  

Gillian Clark

in Late Antiquity: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777295
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10.1093/actrade/9780199546206.003.0006
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9780199546206
‘Barbarism’ examines the late antique understanding of barbarism. Is barbarism about society, art, behaviour, or fashion? Who were the Barbarians, and where did they come from? The Romans ... More
Conclusion

Conclusion  

Helen Morales

in Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2007
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776052
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804761.003.0009
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9780192804761
Classical mythology is kept alive if the stories are being used and retold. It is a continual process of telling, retelling, provoking, reacting, analysing, and revising. The Conclusion ... More
3. War and society

3. War and society  

Harry Sidebottom

in Ancient Warfare: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2004
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776045
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804709.003.0003
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chapter
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9780192804709
The way a society makes war is a projection of the construction of that society. ‘War and society’ looks at this issue from the opposite perspective by taking three examples to illustrate ... More
1. ‘At my signal unleash hell’: the Western Way of War?

1. ‘At my signal unleash hell’: the Western Way of War?  

Harry Sidebottom

in Ancient Warfare: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191776045
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804709.003.0001
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9780192804709
Popular culture depicts the Romans fighting the ‘Western Way of War’ where the aim is an open, decisive battle, which is won with courage and discipline. The other side are portrayed as ... More
1. Definitions

1. Definitions  

Stephen J. Davis

in Monasticism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2018
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Jan 2018
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9780191788321
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10.1093/actrade/9780198717645.003.0002
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9780198717645
The word ‘monasticism’ derives from the Greek adjectives monos (‘solitary, alone’), or its cognate monachos (‘solitary, deserted’). The first evidence for the use of monachos to refer to a ... More
Babylonia: A Very Short Introduction

Babylonia: A Very Short Introduction  

Trevor Bryce

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2016
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Sep 2016
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9780191793288
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198726470.001.0001
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book
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9780198726470
Babylonia: A Very Short Introduction takes us on a journey of more than 2,000 years across the history and civilization of ancient Babylonia, from the emergence of its chief ... More
1. What is English?

1. What is English?  

Simon Horobin

in The English Language: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2018
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Jan 2018
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9780191785443
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198709251.003.0001
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chapter
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9780198709251
Over 1 billion people speak English either as their first or second language. Are all these people speaking the same language, or are we witnessing the emergence of new Englishes? English ... More
2. Origins

2. Origins  

Simon Horobin

in The English Language: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2018
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Jan 2018
eISBN: 
9780191785443
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198709251.003.0002
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9780198709251
Where does the English language come from? While English is distantly related to both Latin and French, it is principally a Germanic language. ‘Origins’ provides a brief history of the ... More

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