Peter Thonemann has taught Greek and Roman history at Wadham College, Oxford, since 2007. He is the author of The Maeander Valley: A Historical Geography from Antiquity to Byzantium (2011), the winner of the Anglo-Hellenic League's prestigious Runciman Prize 2012, and co-author (with Simon Price) of The Birth of Classical Europe. He writes regularly on all aspects of Greek and Roman history and culture for the Times Literary Supplement.
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A History From Troy to Augustine
A work of research and imagination, The Birth of Classical Europe is an authoritative history.
"...the authors have written an engrossing, original, frequently provocative reinterpretation of the Western heritage. Relying heavily on archaeological evidence, Price and Thonemann consider the Minoans as essential rather than peripheral to the development of Hellenic civilization. They eloquently illustrate that the "miracle" of the achievements of that civilization owed much to earlier Mediterranean civilizations, especially those of Egypt and Phoenicia. They skillfully illustrate the extent and limitations of "Romanization" under the imperium. For both scholars and amateur historians, this work will have great value." - Booklist
Released October 25, 2016