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The Oxford Classical Dictionary


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Named as an Outstanding Academic Book of 1997 by CHOICE

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Simon Hornblower is Fellow and Tutor at Oriel College, Oxford, and University Lecturer in Ancient History. He is the author, among other works, of The Greek World and a major commentary on Thucydides. He is also an editor and contributor to volume 6 of the Cambridge Ancient History. Antony Spawforth is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History and Greek Archaeology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and also Curator of the Shefton Museum there. His publications include Hellenistic and Roman Sparta, A Tale of Two Cities.


"A delight for anyone with any curiosity about the roots of our Western culture, our arts, sciences, and politics. The essays are thorough, yet with an eye to the interests of the contemporary reader. A browser's paradise, and I would think a researcher's quick rescuer. As a result, the Greeks and Romans seem more than ever to be standing behind us, but just over the hill."--Arthur Miller
"I welcome with open arms a new and greatly expanded edition of that admirable classic in its own right, The Oxford Classical Dictionary. Both I myself and my husband John Bayley use the Dictionary continually, as well as browsing in it for pleasure. It has been a precious and invaluable source and reference book for me in writing my novels, and for my whole inner life in mythology and in ancient philosophy."--Iris Murdoch
"The Oxford Classical Dictionary is a treasure of information about the ancient world. The writing is interesting and authoritative, making it a pleasure to browse and an invaluable resource to consult. Major topics, such as astronomy, citizenship, and class struggle, are remarkably readable, insightful, and thorough, without being overly detailed. Abundant internal and external references point the way to further information. It's a hard book to put down."--Alan Cromer, Northeastern University
"The revision of the Oxford Classical Dictionary makes significant improvements in an already first-rate tool. Not only are the bibliographies brought up to date (which is what one would have expected), but articles have been revised, enlarged, or re-written in order to incorporate new information and interpretation. A surprisingly large number of new entries now broaden the scope of the dictionary.... Not only classicists but biblical scholars as well will find this an altogether superb one-volume encyclopedia."--Bruce M. Metzger, Professor of New Testament, Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary

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