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Waterfield, Robin 1952-

Works: 179 works in 986 publications in 8 languages and 33,596 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Juvenile works  Biography  Detective and mystery fiction  Military history  Science fiction  Sea stories  Legal stories  Trials, litigation, etc 
Roles: Author, Translator, Adapter, Editor, Other, Bibliographic antecedent, Arranger, Contributor, ada, Publishing director
Classifications: PS3557.R5355, FIC
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Robin Waterfield
Why Socrates died : dispelling the myths by Robin Waterfield( Book )

21 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Socrates' trial and death together form an iconic moment in Western civilization. The picture we have of it - created by his immediate followers and perpetuated in countless works of literature and art ever since - is that a noble man was put to death in a fit of folly by the ancient Athenian democracy. But an icon, an image, is not reality. The trial was, in part, a response to troubled times - a catastrophic war and turbulent social changes - and so provides a good lens through which to explore the history of the period. Written by a scholar, but not only for scholars, this is an accessible, authoritative account of one of the defining periods of Western civilization
Athens : a history : from ancient ideal to modern city by Robin Waterfield( Book )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 946 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Beginning with the classical period, when it reached its pinnacle of power and cultural genius, Athens: A History is peopled with fascinating individuals. Athens' remarkable ascent had been inspired by the ideals embodied in the ancient Olympic games, but the city deliberately turned its back on those ideals, in Athens' stunning rise and rapid fall lies a timeless tragedy of excessive pride brought low. Contrasting its noble ideals and arrogant actions, Waterfield finds in Athens' story a moral for all time - and vital lessons for the current era." "From its heyday in the fifth century B.C., Athens: A History traces the city's transformations under the yoke of foreign empires - Macedonian, Roman, Byzantine, Frankish and Ottoman - and its revival as the capital of the newly independent nation of Greece. Today, it is a burgeoning European city, host of the 2004 Olympics and heir to a momentous historical and cultural legacy. From Pericles and Socrates to Lord Byron and Baron de Coubertin - founder of the modern Olympic games - this is a powerful, evocative history of a city whose glorious past continues to inspire the present."--Jacket
Dividing the spoils : the war for Alexander the Great's empire by Robin Waterfield( Book )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 884 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dividing the spoils" revives the memory of Alexander's Successors, whose fame has been dimmed only because they stand in his enormous shadow. In fact, Alexander left things in a mess at the time of his death, with no guaranteed succession, no administration in place suitable for such an enormous realm, and huge untamed areas both bordering and within his 'empire'. The Successors consolidated the Conqueror's gains. Their competing ambitions, however, meant that consolidation inevitably led to the break-up of the empire
Prophet : the life and times of Kahlil Gibran by Robin Waterfield( Book )

29 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the life of Kahlil Gibran from his youth in Lebanon and America to his artistic and literary endeavors, the tragedies and conflicts of his life, and his lasting impast on New Age philosophy
Xenophon's retreat : Greece, Persia, and the end of the Golden Age by Robin Waterfield( Book )

20 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Expedition of Cyrus or Anabasis, the Western world's first eyewitness account of a military campaign, Xenophon told how, in 401 BC, a band of unruly Greek mercenaries traveled east to fight for the Persian prince Cyrus the Younger in his attempt to wrest the throne of the mighty Persian empire from his brother."
The first philosophers : the presocratics and sophists( Book )

20 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aristotle said that philosophy begins with wonder, and the first Western philosophers developed theories of the world which express simultaneously their sense of wonder and their intuition that the world should be comprehensible. But their enterprise was by no means limited to this proto-scientific task. Through, for instance, Heraclitus' enigmatic sayings, the poetry of Parmenides and Empedocles, and Zeno's paradoxes, the Western world was introduced to metaphysics, rationalist theology, ethics, and logic, by thinkers who often seem to be mystics or shamans as much as philosophers or scientists in the modern mould. And out of the Sophists' reflections on human beings and their place in the world arose an interest in language, and in political, moral, and social philosophy." "This volume contains translations of all the most important fragments of the Presocratics and Sophists, and of the most informative testimonia from ancient sources, supplemented by lucid commentary."--Jacket
The pelican brief by John Grisham( Book )

48 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Washington, two Supreme Court judges are murdered and only the young and beautiful law student Darby Shaw knows why. She has uncovered a deadly secret but will anyone believe her? Can she stay alive long enough to persuade them she right?
Twenty thousand leagues under the sea by Jules Verne( Book )

5 editions published between 1986 and 1994 in English and Chinese and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Aronnax, with Conseil and Ned Land, a Canadian harpooner, sets out in search of a dangerous sea monster, only to learn that the monster is really Captain Nemo's powerful submarine
Conversations of Socrates by Xenophon( Book )

7 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in English and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Xenophon is less speculative than Plato and applies Socratic principles more to everyday life: by reading his book, we not only learn about Socrates and his philosophy but also gain fascinating insights into the daily life of ancient Greece and into the religious, political and moral views of a certain type of Athenian
Taken at the Flood : the Roman Conquest of Greece by Robin Waterfield( Book )

16 editions published between 1900 and 2014 in English and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an absorbing account of a critical chapter in Rome's mastery of the Mediterranean, Robin Waterfield reveals the peculiar nature of Rome's eastern policy. For over seventy years, the Romans avoided annexation so that they could commit their military and financial resources to the fight against Carthage and elsewhere. Though ultimately a failure, this policy of indirect rule, punctuated by periodic brutal military interventions and intense diplomacy, worked well for several decades, until the Senate finally settled on more direct forms of control. Waterfield's fast-paced narrative focuses mainly on military and diplomatic maneuvers, but throughout he interweaves other topics and themes, such as the influence of Greek culture on Rome, the Roman aristocratic ethos, and the clash between the two best fighting machines the ancient world ever produced: the Macedonian phalanx and Roman legion
Greek lives : a selection of nine Greek lives by Plutarch( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Plutarch's biographies of eminent Greeks and Romans are renowned not just for their historical importance but also for their insights into the personalities they describe. In prose that is rich, elegant, and sprinkled with learned references, Plutarch explores with an extraordinary degree of insight the interplay of character and political action. He portrays virtues to be emulated and vices to be avoided, but his purpose is implicitly to warn and educate those in his own day who wielded power. Plutarch brought to biography not only a clear moral objective, but also a natural storyteller's ear for a good anecdote. Influential in their own day, the Lives were drawn on by later historians and writers, including Shakespeare." "This selection of nine Lives, chosen for their range and interest, offers a new translation as well as a lucid introduction and helpful notes and indexes."--Jacket
The march up country : a translation of Xenophon's Anabasis by Xenophon( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Expedition of Cyrus tells the story of the march of the Ten Thousand. The exploits of this famous army of Greek mercenaries in modern-day Turkey, Syria, and Iraq were described by one of their leaders, the Athenian historian and philosopher Xenophon. They were recruited at the end of the fifth century BC by a young Persian prince, Cyrus, who rose in revolt against his brother, the king of Persia. After Cyrus' death, the army was left stranded in the desert of Mesopotamia, a thousand miles from home. Their long march, across mountains and plateaux to the sight of 'The sea! The sea!', and back to the fringes of the Greek world, is the most exciting adventure story to survive from the ancient world." "Xenophon's narrative offers a unique insight into the character of a Greek army struggling to survive in an alien world. It is also the most sustained eyewitness account of the landscape of the vast and wealthy Persian empire."--Jacket
Meno and other dialogues by Plato( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In these four dialogues Plato considers virtue and its definition. Charmides, Laches, and Lysis investigate the specific virtues of self-control, courage, and friendship; the later Meno discusses the concept of virtue as a whole, and whether it is something that can be taught. In the conversations between Socrates and his interlocutors, moral concepts are debated and shown to be more complex than at first appears, until all the participants in the conversations are reduced to bafflement."
Timaeus and Critias by Plato( Book )

10 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Timaeus, one of Plato's acknowledged masterpieces, is an attempt to construct the universe and explain its contents by means of as few axioms as possible. The result is a brilliant, bizarre, and surreal cosmos - the product of the rational thinking of a creator god and his astral assistants, and of purely mechanistic causes based on the behaviour of the four elements. At times dazzlingly clear, at times intriguingly opaque, this was state-of-the-art science in the middle of the fourth century BC. The world is presented as a battlefield of forces that are unified only by the will of God, who had to do the best he could with recalcitrant building materials"--Page 4 of cover
The histories by Herodotus( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Why Socrates died : dispelling the myths
Alternative Names
Robin Waterfield British classical scholar, writer of children's fiction

Robin Waterfield Brits schrijver

Robin Waterfield englischer Altertumswissenschaftler, Kinderbuchautor

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Waterfield, Robin A. H.

Waterfield, Robin A.H. 1952-

Waterfield, Robin A.H. (Robin Anthony Herschel), 1952-

Waterfield, Robin Anthony Herschel 1952-

Wūtirfīld, Rūbīn 1952-


Athens : a history : from ancient ideal to modern cityDividing the spoils : the war for Alexander the Great's empireProphet : the life and times of Kahlil GibranXenophon's retreat : Greece, Persia, and the end of the Golden AgeThe first philosophers : the presocratics and sophistsThe pelican briefTwenty thousand leagues under the seaConversations of Socrates