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Title:
Who's who in the Greek world
Author:
Hazel, John.
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, 2000.
Physical Description:
x, 285 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780415124973
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Was there such a person as Homer? Who were the key figures in the first democracy of the Western World? Who is the father of tragedy? Who is the father of history?

Of all the world's ancient civilisations, it is perhaps the Ancient Greece that has the strongest hold over the modern imagination. The history, philosophy and literature continue to intrigue and enthral. Now John Hazel has compiled the definitive biographical guide to the Greek and Hellenistic world from 750 BC to the end of the Roman Empire.
The lives of Alexander the Great, Socrates and Plato are opened up, but so too are those of lesser-known figures: Bacchylides the lyric poet; Chares the general; and the traitor Ephialtes, giving a thorough and fascinating overview of life in Ancient Greece.


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Booklist Review

The Greek world covered more than Greece itself. Greek traders and colonizers touched the coasts of Italy and Asia Minor and the islands of the Mediterranean. After Alexander the Great, the Greek world included Egypt and much of the remnants of the Persian Empire. Hazel surveys all of it, with a cutoff date of about 100 B.C., although he admits that the Hellenistic world lasted longer than that. The date is not rigid, though. He includes Cleopatra VII, the last Greek ruler of Egypt, and some Christian writers such as Dio Chrysostom. The dictionary-style entries range from a short paragraph (e.g., Sosibius, a Spartan historian) to several double-column pages (e.g., Demosthenes). Where many individuals had the same name, the entry is long, but each individual has a separately numbered section within the entry. Ptolemy, for example, includes all 15 of the Ptolemies who ruled Egypt plus a couple of other famous Ptolemies, among them the Alexandrian geographer. Most entries are about individuals, but there are entries for nations, including the Jews. Non-Greeks who had an influence on the Greek world also appear, including Judas Maccabaeus, a number of Persian kings, and Roxane, wife of Alexander the Great. Women besides queens are treated; Aspasia, mistress of Pericles, and Sappho the poet are among those who have entries. More extensive coverage of women can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Ancient Greek and Roman Women [RBB My 15 00]. The glossary is useful, although it omits the term ostracism, a common method of dealing with politically inconvenient but prominent individuals. There are three appendixes: a chronological table of Greek and Hellenistic times (B.C.), lists of Greek and Persian rulers, and maps of the Greek world. There is no index, but the entries are well cross-referenced. Although there is no general bibliography, many entries, especially the long ones, have bibliographic references, a number of which are quite recent. The price of this volume makes it available to almost any library, large or small, that needs a quick reference on people in the Greek and Hellenistic world. It would be suitable for high-school and public libraries especially, although an academic library would also find it useful.


Library Journal Review

Into the aging body of reference literature on ancient Greek biography comes this up-to-date, inexpensive, authoritative, and comprehensive addition from Routledge's "Who's Who" series. Hazel, a classicist and coauthor of Who's Who in Classical Mythology, profiles (in alphabetical order) Greeks of historical, philosophical, and literary significance. Chosen for their impact (good or bad) on Greek society from 750 to 100 B.C.E., these figures range from the well known--like Alexander the Great, Socrates, and Plato--to the lesser known--like Bacchylides the lyric poet, Chares the general, and Ephalites the traitor. Hazel's portraits offer vivid biographical information and detailed discussion of the individual's achievements. Varying in length from a paragraph to a few pages, the entries are clear, interesting, and accessible to the general reader. In addition to a glossary, three appendixes feature a chronological table of Greek and Hellenistic times, a list of rulers, and three maps. Recommended for history collections.--Marilyn Rosenthal, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

According to the preface, this revision of a collective biography of classical figures was to include both Greek and Roman literary and historical figures but became far too long for a single volume; consequently, it will have a companion for the Roman world. Besides Greek figures beginning in the time of Homer, it includes Romans who wrote in Greek, hence it includes Plutarch, Strabo, and Galen among others, with a cutoff date around 100 BCE. A glossary of terms and a chronological appendix are useful, but the British custom of converting Greek "k" to "c" may perplex US readers. Lengthy entries provide much historical background material for such important figures as Epaminondas, Isokrates, and Socrates, but even brief entries for scores of little-known figures provide additional interest (e.g., Anniceris, a Cyrenian philosopher; Callinus, an Ephesian poet; Diotima, a priestess at Mantinea who was said to be Socrates' teacher). Together with Adrian Room's Who's Who in Classical Mythology (CH, Apr'97), this book provides brief but basic information on a variety of individuals. Good for general, school, and college libraries. ; CUNY College of Staten Island