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Waterfield, Robin 1952-

Overview
Works: 217 works in 1,169 publications in 7 languages and 34,712 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Biography  Science fiction  Juvenile works  Utopian fiction  Biographies  Trial and arbitral proceedings  Military history  Action and adventure fiction 
Roles: Author, Translator, Adapter, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Other, Narrator, Arranger, Redactor, Publishing director, ada, Contributor
Classifications: JC71, 321.07
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Most widely held works by Robin Waterfield
The republic by Plato( )

32 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 2,363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A model for the ideal state includes discussion of the nature and application of justice, the role of the philosopher in society, the goals of education, and the effects of art upon character
Dividing the spoils : the war for Alexander the Great's empire by Robin Waterfield( )

20 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 1,900 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
Roman lives : a selection of eight Roman lives by Plutarch( )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 1,894 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the eight lives of this collection Plutarch introduces the reader to the major figures of classical Rome. He portrays virtues to be emulated and vices to be avoided, but his purpose is also implicitly to educate and warn those in his own day who wielded power. In prose that is rich, elegant, and sprinkled with learned references, he explores with an extraordinary degree of insight the interplay of character and political action. While drawing chiefly on historical sources, he brings to biography a natural storyteller's ear for a good anecdote."--Jacket
The history by Herodotus( )

23 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and Vietnamese and held by 1,869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herotodus recounts the incidents preceding and following the Persian Wars. He gives us much more than military history, though, providing the fullest portrait of the classical world of the 5th and 6th centuries. This readable new translation is supplemented with expansive notes to help the reader appreciate the book in depth
Greek lives : a selection of nine Greek lives by Plutarch( )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 1,861 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
Phaedrus by Plato( )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 1,587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Phaedrus is widely recognized as one of Plato's most profound and beautiful works. It takes the form of a dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus and its ostensible subject is love, especially homoerotic love. Socrates reveals it to be a kind of divine madness that can allow our souls to grow wings and soar to their greatest heights. Then the conversation changes direction and turns to a discussion of rhetoric, which must be based on truth passionately sought, thus allying it to philosophy. The dialogue closes by denigrating the value of the written word in any context, compared to the living teaching of a Socratic philosopher." "The shifts of topic and register have given rise to doubts about the unity of the dialogue, doubts which are addressed in the introduction to this volume. Full explanatory notes also elucidate issues throughout the dialogue that might puzzle a modern reader."--Jacket
The first philosophers : the presocratics and sophists( )

23 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 1,570 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
Why Socrates died : dispelling the myths by Robin Waterfield( Book )

20 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,301 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
Meno and other dialogues by Plato( )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 1,278 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." "The artistry as well as the philosophy of these dialogues has always been widely admired. The introduction to this edition explains the course of the four dialogues and examines the importance of Socrates' questions and arguments; the notes cover major and minor points in more detail. This is an essential volume for understanding the brilliance of the first Western philosopher."--Jacket
The march up country : a translation of Xenophon's Anabasis by Xenophon( )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 1,264 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
Timaeus and Critias by Plato( )

11 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,194 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
Athens : a history : from ancient ideal to modern city by Robin Waterfield( Book )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 1,037 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
The histories by Polybius( )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 1,031 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Here is the first new translation for over thirty years of Polybius' Histories, the major source for our knowledge of the Eternal City's early rise to power, covering the years of the Second Punic War, the defeat of Hannibal, and Rome's pivotal victories in the Mediterranean. Polybius, himself a leading Greek politician of the time, attributes Rome's success to the greatness of its constitution and the character of its people, but also allows Fortune a role in shaping world events. This new translation by Robin Waterfield includes the first five books in their entirety, and all of the fragmentary Books 6 and 12. Brian McGing's lucid introduction discusses the period covered by the Histories, Polybius' major role in the reconstruction of Greece after the defeat of the Achaean League, the themes and subject matter of the individual books, Polybius' outspoken views on how (and how not), and his significance for historiography. The book also includes succinct, clear notes, maps, a glossary, and an index of proper names."--Book description, Amazon.com
Prophet : the life and times of Kahlil Gibran by Robin Waterfield( Book )

26 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 768 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 impact on New Age philosophy
Who was Alexander the Great? by Kathryn Waterfield( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Alexander the Great conquers the New York Times best-selling Who Was ...? series! When Alexander was a boy in ancient Macedon, he already had grand ambitions. He complained that his father, the great king of Macedon, wasn't leaving anything for him to conquer! This, of course, was not the case. King Alexander went on to control most of the known world of the time. His victories won him many supporters, but they also earned him enemies. This easy-to-read biography offers a fascinating look at the life of Alexander and the world he lived in"--
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 673 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." "With this first masterpiece of Western military history forming the backbone of his book, Robin Waterfield explores what remains unsaid and assumed in Xenophon's account - much about the gruesome nature of ancient battle and logistics, the lives of Greek and Persian soldiers, and questions of historical, political, and personal context, motivation, and conflicting agendas. The result is a rounded version of the story of Cyrus's ill-fated march and the Greeks' perilous retreat - a nuanced and dramatic perspective on a critical moment in history that may tell us as much about our present-day adventures in the Middle East, site of Cyrus's debacle and the last act of the Golden Age, as it does about the great powers of antiquity in a volatile period of transition."--Jacket
Taken at the Flood : the Roman Conquest of Greece by Robin Waterfield( Book )

19 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and held by 652 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
Conversations of Socrates by Xenophon( Book )

8 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in English and held by 514 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
Twenty thousand leagues under the sea by Jules Verne( Book )

8 editions published between 1986 and 2018 in English and Chinese and held by 504 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
Physics by Aristotle( Book )

22 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristotle's foundational work systematically explores the principles and causes of movement and change
 
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Phaedrus
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Dividing the spoils : the war for Alexander the Great's empireRoman lives : a selection of eight Roman livesThe historyGreek lives : a selection of nine Greek livesPhaedrusThe first philosophers : the presocratics and sophistsWhy Socrates died : dispelling the mythsMeno and other dialogues
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-

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