Brief History of Ancient Greece Politics, Society, and Culture

ISBN-10: 0195156811

ISBN-13: 9780195156812

Edition: 2004

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Description: The story of the ancient Greeks is one of the most improbable success stories in world history. A small people inhabiting a country poor in resources and divided into hundreds of quarreling states created one of the most remarkable civilizations. Comprehensive and balanced, A Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture is a new and shorter version of the authors' highly successful Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History (OUP, 1998). Four leading authorities on the classical world offer a lively and up-to-date account of Greek civilization and history in all its complexity and variety, covering the entire period from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Era, and integrating the most recent research in archaeology, comparative anthropology, and social history. They 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 authors go 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, this compact volume provides 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. Ideal for courses in Greek Civilization and Ancient Greece, A Brief History of Ancient Greece offers: BL A more streamlined treatment of political and military history than Ancient Greece BL Emphasis on social and domestic life, art and architecture, literature, and philosophy BL Expanded coverage of women and family life, religion, and athletics BL A new section on male homosexuality in ancient Greece BL A revised art program featuring more than 100 illustrations and 17 original maps BL Numerous "document boxes" that include primary source material

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List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/15/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

Sarah B. Pomeroy is professor of clasics at Hunter College and the Graduate School, City University of New York.

List of Maps
Preface
Time Line
Introduction
Early Greece and the Bronze Age
Greece in the Stone Ages
Greece in the Early and Middle Bronze Ages (c. 3000-1600 BC)
Greece and the Aegean in the Late Bronze Age (c. 1600-1150 BC)
The ""Dark Age"" of Greece and Eighth-Century ""Renaissance"" (c. 1150-700 BC)
Decline and Recovery (c. 1150-900 BC)
Revival (c. 900-750 BC)
Homeric Society
Myth and Religion
The End of the Dark Age
Archaic Greece (c. 700-500 BC)
The Formation of the City-State (Polis)
Government in the Early City-States
The Colonizing Movement
Economic and Social Divisions in the Archaic Poleis
Hesiod: A View from Below
The Hoplite Army
The Archaic Age Tyrants
The Arts and Sciences
Panhellenic Institutions
Relations Among States
Sparta
The Dark Age and the Archaic Period
The Spartan System
Demography and the Spartan Economy
Spartan Government
The Peloponnesian League
Historical Change in Sparta
The Spartan Mirage
The Growth of Athens and the Persian Wars
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
The Rivalries of the Greek City-States and the Growth of Athenian Democracy
The Aftermath of the Persian Wars and the Foundation of a New League
New Developments in Athens and Sparta
The ""First"" (Undeclared) Peloponnesian War (460-455 BC)
Pericles and the Growth of Athenian Democracy
Literature and Art
Oikos and Polis
The Greek Economy
Greece on the Eve of the Peloponnesian War
Greece After Thirty Years' Peace
The Physical Space of the Polis: Athens in the Fifth Century
Intellectual Life in Fifth-Century Greece
Historical and Dramatic Literature of the Fifth Century
Currents in Greek Thought and Education
The Breakdown of the Peace
Resources for War
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
The Crisis of the Polis and the Age of Shifting Hegemonies
Oligarchy at Athens: The Thirty Tyrants
The Trial of Socrates (399 BC)
The Fourth Century: Changing Ideas, Continuing Warfare
Law and Democracy in Athens
The Fourth-Century Polis
Philosophy and the Polis
Phillip II and the Rise of Macedon
Early Macedonia
Macedonian Society and Kingship
The Reign of Philip II
Philip's Plans for Greece
Alexander the Great
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
The New World of 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 Polis in the Hellenistic World
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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