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Ancient Greece : A Political, Social, and Cultural History

Ancient Greece : A Political, Social, and Cultural History - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195097436

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ISBN10: 0195097432
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1999
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Ancient Greece : A Political, Social, and Cultural History - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195097436

Burstein Donlan Pomeroy, Sarah B. Pomeroy and Walter Donlan

ISBN13: 978-0195097436
ISBN10: 0195097432
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

Written by four leading authorities on the classical world, Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History introduces students to the history and civilization of ancient Greece in all its complexity and variety. The only comprehensive and balanced history of ancient Greece that covers the entire period from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Era, it integrates the most recent research in archeology, comparative anthropology, and social history with a traditional yet lively narrative of political, military, and diplomatic history. The authors show how the early Greeks borrowed from their neighbors but eventually developed a distinctive culture all their own, one that was marked by astonishing creativity, versatility, and resilience. The book goes on to trace the complex and surprising evolution of Greek civilization to its eventual dissolution as it merged with a variety of other cultures. Using physical evidence from archaeology, the written testimony of literary texts and inscriptions, and anthropological models based on comparative studies, the authors provide an account of the Greek world that is thoughtful and sophisticated yet accessible to students and general readers with little or no knowledge of Greece. Featuring 19 maps, over 80 photographs, and numerous selections which highlight a variety of primary source material, Ancient Greece is an indispensable text for courses in ancient Greek history.

  • Offers an integrated and balanced presentation of history that combines the most recent research in social history, archaeology, and comparative anthropology with a more traditional narrative of political, military, and diplomatic history
  • The only comprehensive and balanced history of ancient Greece that covers the entire span from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic Era
  • Presents the collaboration of four experts who are active researchers in different fields of Greek history
  • Takes into account the rapidly changing views of pre-Classical Greek history
  • Numerous "document boxes" which include a variety of primary source material appear throughout the text
  • Suitable for and accessible to both undergraduate students and general readers
  • Features 17 original maps and over 80 photographs

"Ancient Greece is an excellent text. The authors' shared opinion that ancient Greece is 'one of the most improbable success stories in all of world history' unfolds in a happy combination of the traditional detail of familiar names and events along with a tale of the nameless many--even slaves, women, children, and non-Greeks."

--Carol Thomas, Professor of History, University of Washington and President of the Association of Ancient Historians

"My students and I have been waiting for such a clear and fluid reconstruction of Greek history--an unusually smooth blend of political, social, and cultural history. By authors widely recognized for their commitment to teaching as well as scholarship, this work has many strengths and pedagogical virtues."

--Donald G. Kyle, Professor of History, University of Texas at Arlington


Author Bio

Pomeroy, Sarah B. : City University of New York-Graduate School and University Center

Burstein, Stanley M. : California State University-Los Angeles

Donlan, Walter : University of California-Irvine

Roberts, Jennifer Tolbert : City University of New York Graduate School and University Center

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Preface
Acknowledgments
Time Line



I. Early Greece and the Bronze Age

The Land of Greece
Sources for Early Greek History
Greece in the Stone Ages
The Ancient Civilizations of the Near East
Greece in the Early Bronze Age (c. 3000-2100 BC)
Greece in the Middle Bronze Age (c. 2100-1600 BC)
The Discovery of Aegean Civilization: Troy, Mycenae, Knossos
Minoan Society and Culture (c. 1700-1500 BC)
The Mycenaeans
The Early Mycenaeans (c. 1600-1400 BC)
The Later Mycenaeans (c. 1400-1200 BC)
The End of the Mycenaean Civilization

II. The "Dark Age" of Greece and the Eighth-Century "Renaissance" (c. 1150-700 BC)

Sources for the Dark Age
Decline and Recovery (c. 1150-900 BC)
Society in the Early Dark Age
Revival (c. 900-750 BC)
Homer and Oral Poetry
Late Dark Age (Homeric) Society
Community, Household, and Economy in the Late Dark Age
The End of the Dark Age (c. 750-700 BC)

III. Archaic Greece (c. 700-500 BC)

Sources for the Seventh and Sixth Centuries
The Formation of the City-State (Polis)
The Ethnos
Government in the Early City-States
The Colonizing Movement
Economic and Social Divisions in the Early Poleis
Hesiod: The View from Below
The Hoplite Army
The Archaic Age Tyrants
Art and Architecture
Lyric Poetry
Philosophy and Science
Relations Between States
Panhellenic Institutions

IV. Sparta

Sources for Spartan History and Institutions
The Dark Age and the Archaic Period
The Spartan System
Demography and the Spartan Economy
Spartan Government
Sparta and Greece
Historical Change in Sparta
The Spartan Mirage

V. The Growth of Athens and the Persian Wars

Sources for Early Athens
Athens from the Bronze Age to the Early Archaic Age
The Reforms of Solon
Peisistratus and His Sons
The Reforms of Cleisthenes
The Rise of Persia
The Wars Between Greece and Persia

VI. The Rivalries of the Greek City-States and the Growth of Athenian Democracy

Sources for the Decades After the Persian Wars
The Aftermath of the Persian Wars and the Foundation of the Delian League
The "First" (Undeclared) Peloponnesian War (460-445 BC)
Pericles and the Growth of Athenian Democracy
Literature and Art
Oikos and Polis
The Greek Economy

VII. Greece on the Eve of the Peloponnesian War

Sources for Greece on the Eve of the War
Greece After the Thirty Years' Peace
The Breakdown of the Peace
Resources for War
Intellectual Life in Fifth-century Greece
The Literature of the Fifth Century
Currents in Greek Thought and Education
The Physical Space of the Polis: Athens on the Eve of War

VIII. The Peloponnesian War

Sources for Greece During the Peloponnesian War
The Archidamian War (431-421 BC)
Between Peace and War
The Invasion of Sicily (415-413 BC)
The War in the Aegean and the Oligarchic Coup at Athens (413-411 BC)
Fallout from the Long War
The War in Retrospect

IX. The Crisis of the Polis and the Age of Shifting Hegemonies

Sources for Fourth-century Greece
Postwar Greece and the Struggle for Hegemony
Law and Democracy in Athens
The Fourth-century Polis
Philosophy and the Polis

X. Phillip II and the Rise of Macedon

Sources for Macedonian History
Early Macedonia
Macedonian Society and Kingship
The Reign of Philip II
Macedonian Domination of Greece

XI. Alexander the Great

Sources for the Reign of Alexander
Consolidating Power
From Issus to Egypt: Conquest of the Eastern Mediterranean (332-331 BC)
From Alexandria to Persepolis: The King of Asia (331-330 BC)
The High Road to India: Alexander in Central Asia
India and the End of the Dream
Return to the West

XII. Alexander's Successors and the Cosmopolis

A New World
Sources for the Hellenistic Period
The Struggle for the Succession
The Regency of Perdiccas
The Primacy of Antigonus the One-Eyed
Birth Pangs of the New Order (301-276 BC)
The Place of the Polis in the Cosmopolis
The Macedonian Kingdoms
Hellenistic Society
Alexandria and Hellenistic Culture
Social Relations in the Hellenistic World

Epilogue
Glossary
Art and Illustration Credits
Index


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