Colin McEvedy is the author of the companion volumes The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History and The Penguin Atlas of North American History.
Colin McEvedy was a polymath. If you wanted to know something,
Google had failed you and the British Library seemed too far away,
the obvious move was to ask McEvedy * Independent *
What distinguishes his atlas histories is a talent for compressing vast amounts of information ... The research is meticulous; the style is witty and breezily undeferential * The Times *
A beautifully produced and completely wacky testimony to the life and scholarship of a passionate private historian * The Times Higher Education Supplement *
By all accounts a remarkable man ... McEvedy Senior died in 2005 but left behind this banquet of a book ... Whether in York or Alexandria, Cordoba or Rhodes, Tripoli or Cirencester, Cities of the Classical World supplies a brisk, learned but often engagingly quirky essay alongside one of McEvedy's imagination-stretching maps. In the buzzing hubs of ancient commerce and culture or the loneliest border settlements, McEvedy will tell you who lived there, in what numbers, and their fate over the centuries ... As well as laying bare the ancient townscapes buried under today's urban bustle, McEvedy guides us with crisp expertise around ancient destinations that still convey their grandeur above ground, such as Pompeii, Ephesus, Jerusalem or Rome itself -- Boyd Tonkin * Independent *
[Will] delight any historian ... a superb gazetteer of 120 centres of ancient civilisation from Alexandria to York ... full of terrific nuggets * Telegraph Gift Books of the Year *