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Welcome to the Routledge History of the Ancient World online catalog.

From the beginning of recorded history to the end of the sixth century AD, the volumes in The Routledge History of the Ancient World series provide a complete history of the ancient world, encompassing Greece, Rome, and the Near East. Emphasis is put on the plentiful quotation of original source material in translation, and the full notes and bibliography enable students to pursue further topics independently. Designed for undergraduate students, these introductions to ancient history combine accessibility with comprehensive coverage, and will be useful for anyone interested in the ancient world.

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Praise for books in The Routledge History of the Ancient World

On The Greek World, 479-323 BC, 4th Edition:

'The Greek World has thus far endured the test of time and remains one of the leading textbooks on Greek History, and I have no doubt that it will continue to do so for many years to come.'
Bryn Mawr Classical Review

On Greece in the Making, 1200-479 BC, 2nd Edition:

'The present second edition…is perhaps the most up-dated and the most systematic of all such syntheses currently available in English.'
– Palamedes

On The Roman Empire at Bay, AD 180-395:

'The Roman Empire at Bay is an excellently written, well-documented, clearly structured, very complete and extensive book. Extremely well furnished with numismatic and prosopographical evidence and including the latest scholarship, it cannot be ignored by future scholars of the third and fourth centuries and will certainly take the place of many previous works on the subject.'
Bryn Mawr Classical Review

On The Greek World After Alexander, 323-30 BC:

'This is an excellent book, the best introduction to the Hellenistic world available in English, and perhaps the best single-volume introduction available in any language.'
Journal of Hellenic Studies

  1. The Roman Republic 264–44 BC

    By Edward Bispham

    Series: The Routledge History of the Ancient World

    This is the gripping story of the rise and fall of the Roman Republic: meteoric imperial expansion enriched and corrupted the ruling aristocracy, which was then unable either to rule the vast empire effectively or to resist the challenge of popular power within Rome itself. Political tensions,...

    To Be Published June 30th 2015 by Routledge

  2. The Roman World 44 BC–AD 180

    2nd Edition

    By Martin Goodman

    Series: The Routledge History of the Ancient World

    The Roman World 44 BC – AD 180 deals with the transformation of the Mediterranean regions, northern Europe and the Near East by the military autocrats who ruled Rome during this period. The book traces the impact of imperial politics on life in the city of Rome itself and in the rest of the empire,...

    Published November 9th 2011 by Routledge

  3. The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity

    AD 395-700, 2nd Edition

    By Averil Cameron

    Series: The Routledge History of the Ancient World

    This thoroughly revised and expanded edition of The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity, now covering the period 395-700 AD, provides both a detailed introduction to late antiquity and a direct challenge to conventional views of the end of the Roman empire. Leading scholar Averil Cameron focuses...

    Published September 13th 2011 by Routledge

  4. The Greek World 479–323 BC

    4th Edition

    By Simon Hornblower

    Series: The Routledge History of the Ancient World

    The Greek World 479-323 BC has been an indispensable guide to classical Greek history since its first publication nearly thirty years ago. Now Simon Hornblower has comprehensively revised and partly rewritten his original text, bringing it up-to-date for yet another generation of readers. In...

    Published January 27th 2011 by Routledge