The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Pericles (Cambridge Companions to the Ancient World)

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This collection of essays reveal the political, religious, economic, social, artistic, literary, intellectual, and military infrastructure that made the Age of Pericles possible. Raaflaub Kallet-Marx Leiden M. Samons II. Add to Cart Add to Cart.

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Add to Wishlist Add to Wishlist. Age of Pericles. Mid-fifth-century Athens saw the development of the Athenian empire, the radicalization of Athenian democracy through the empowerment of poorer citizens, the adornment of the city through a massive and expensive building program, the classical age of Athenian tragedy, the assembly of intellectuals offering novel approaches to philosophical and scientific issues, and the end of the Spartan-Athenian alliance against Persia and the beginning of open hostilities between the two greatest powers of ancient Greece.

It is surprising that there is no contribution devoted to Augustan period prose. Livy, for example, appears in only two sentences p. The omission is the more thunderous given that a quarter of the volume is devoted to literature.

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The final part of the book, "Epilogue as Prologue," includes only one essay -- L. In the process, White uses Judea as a case study of center-periphery relations during the early empire. His essay is useful for demonstrating the ways successful local rulers had to remain diplomatically nimble during the civil wars as well as Augustus's relationship with them afterwards. White presents Herod as typical of local leaders in that he both followed the lead Augustus provided and occasionally entirely ignored Roman interests.

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Although there are many regions that might be the subject of case studies, Judea is small enough with sufficient primary sources to yield a manageable essay. The volume contains an adequate number of good, black and white images, plans, and maps associated with appropriate discussions.

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Color plates are all relevant and well produced. Following the table of contents there are various large scale maps of Italy and the empire. The family tree is complete and full of useful details.


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The timeline is helpful, but the microscopic print requires magnification. Each chapter includes annotated "Suggestions for Further Reading" that are quite helpful. The bibliography and works cited lists are 'select', and, except for the unfortunate omission of Tonio Holscher's works cited in chapter 11 , provide a useful collection.

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There is an index, but for those seeking more thorough word search capability, Cambridge is allowing searching of the volume on Amazon. The CCAA has much to commend it, but there are some distractions that deserve mention. Cultural discussions are important, particularly in the way Galinsky emphasizes the importance of the interconnectedness of the various facets of Augustan and imperial society, but the volume does seem to lack balance, particularly when compared with other recent volumes in the Cambridge Companion series.

As previously noted, twenty-five percent of the volume is dedicated to poetry; this focus leaves much untreated. Despite Galinsky's assertion to the contrary, by not including essays focused on the periods before and after Augustus's reign, the volume has succeeded in maintaining the traditional periodization of 44 B. Finally, there is no discussion focused on the military or its activity during Augustus's reign. This martial aspect may not appeal to everyone, but the military had a tremendous cultural impact on both Rome and the provinces, and Augustus's reforms of this institution are still with us.

The CCAA is not intended to be encyclopedic, but more balance would have made an already good volume even better. Galinsky's editing of the volume is to be largely commended. All the essays are clear and written in an engaging style. Although the inconsistent mixture of footnotes and parenthetical references is a distraction, all the articles have readable citations.

Spellings are generally consistent except for the use of Vergil and Virgil and typographic errors are few. On the whole, this is a well put together volume. Those seeking a condensed version of the Cambridge Ancient History volume 10 may be disappointed, but for those seeking something more provocative and engaging, there is much with which to be pleased. Galinsky, Augustan Culture. Princeton: Princeton University Press, Bryn Mawr Classical Review



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