ISBN13:978-0195097436 ISBN10: 0195097432 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0195097429 ISBN10: 0195097424
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 w...show moreith 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 ...show less
Edition/Copyright:99 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Oxford University Press Published: 01/28/1999 International: No
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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
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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
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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