The World of Ancient Greece

A Daily Life Encyclopedia

by Michael Lovano


How many people know what ancient Greeks liked to eat and drink at their private dinner parties, how the Greeks made their tools, or what sorts of songs and dances they enjoyed?

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December 2019


Pages 977
Volumes 2
Size 7x10
Topics World History/General
  Geography and World Cultures/Culture

This book opens the world of the ancient Greeks to all readers through easily accessible entries on topics essential to understanding Greek high culture and daily life.

The ancient Greeks provided the foundation for Western civilization. They made significant advances in science, mathematics, philosophy, literature, and government. While many readers might have heard of Plato and Aristotle, however, or be familiar with the classic works of Greek tragedy, most people know significantly less about daily life in the ancient Greek world. This encyclopedia opens the world of the ancient Greeks, spanning Greek history from the Bronze Age through Roman times, with an emphasis on the Classical and Hellenistic Eras.

The encyclopedia provides roughly 270 easily accessible entries on topics essential to understanding everything from Greek high culture to daily life. These entries are grouped in topical sections on the arts, science and technology, politics and government, domestic life, and other subjects. Sidebars on particularly noteworthy people, places, and concepts provide related information, while primary documents allow readers to delve into the mindset and feelings of the ancient Greeks themselves. Extensive bibliographic references give curious readers direction for further research.


  • Includes reference entries with objective, essential information about topics related to daily life in ancient Greece
  • Offers sidebars with related, nuanced information that will interest readers in Greek history
  • Cites works for further reading in entries
  • Gives readers first-hand accounts of life in ancient Greece in primary source documents
Author Info

Michael Lovano, PhD, is associate professor of history at St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin. His published works include a book on Julius Caesar's father-in-law titled The Age of Cinna, a chapter titled "Tacitus' Annals" in the collection Classical Literature and Its Times, and a chapter titled "Rome: A Story of Conflict" in The Oxford Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World. He is author of ABC-CLIO's All Things Julius Caesar: An Encyclopedia of Caesar's World and Legacy. Lovano earned his doctorate in history at UCLA.

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