Readings in Greek History Sources and Interpretations

ISBN-10: 0195178254

ISBN-13: 9780195178258

Edition: 2006

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An ideal reader for courses in Greek history, Greek civilization, and Western civilization, this comprehensive collection of more than 180 historical source documents covers major aspects of Greek civilization from the Archaic Age through the end of the Hellenistic Period. Featuring a diverse and extensive array of selections from the works of major authors, Readings in Greek History: Sources and Interpretations offers balanced coverage of political, social, cultural, intellectual, economic, and technological developments in Greek life. It provides selections drawn from historical, philosophical, and oratorical Greek literary texts and from documentary sources, including inscriptions and papyri. Many of the readings have been newly translated especially for this volume. Readings in Greek History: Sources and Interpretations is organized chronologically but also addresses various themes throughout--including religion, war, and gender relations--motivating students to explore essential historical topics from a variety of perspectives. Substantial introductions to each chapter and selection offer useful background information, while more than thirty photographs, images, and maps further illustrate key components of Greek culture.
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List price: $54.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Chapter 1. The Origin and Spread of the Polis System A. GREECE IN THE SECOND MILLENNIUM BC 1. The Mycenaean Kingdoms (ca. 1650-1150 BC) 2. Mycenaean Relations with the Hittites: The Tawagalawas Letter (selections) B. GREEK DEFINITIONS OF THE POLIS 1. The Natural Origins of the Polis: "Man is by Nature a Political Animal" 2. The Nature of Citizenship: "He Who has the Right to Take Part in Deliberative or Judicial Administration is a Citizen" C. GREEK LIFE IN THE EIGHTH CENTURY 1. Homer, "The Shield of Achilles" 2. Hesiod, Works and Days D. COLONIZATION AND EXPANSION OF THE POLIS SYSTEM: THE CASE OF CYRENE 1. Herodotus' Account 2. Oath of the Colonists E. GREEKS AND NON-GREEKS IN THE GREEK COLONIES: THE FOUNDATION OF LAMPSACUS F. GREEKS AND SCYTHIANS IN THE BLACK SEA: COEXISTENCE AND INTERACTION G. THE ARISTOCRATIC WARRIOR 1. The Warrior Ideal, Homer 2. The Warrior and Society H. THE HOPLITE REVOLUTION AND THE CITIZEN SOLDIER 1. The Reality of Battle 2. A Good Citizen: Tellus of Athens 3. "Only Farmers can be Good Citizens" I. THE HOPLITE POLIS: SPARTA J. THE ROLE OF ATHLETICS 1. An Athletic Dynasty: The Diagorids of Rhodes 2. Athletics and the Polis: A Philosophical Critique Chapter 2. The Rise and Fall of the Greek Aristocracy in the Archaic Period A. ARISTOCRATIC PRIVILEGE 1. The Gortyn Code 2. How a Boy Becomes a Man in Crete B. ASPECTS OF ARISTOCRATIC LIFE AT ITS PEAK 1. A Fine Symposium 2. The Life of an Aristocrat 3. "When You are Repulsive to Boys and a Laughing Stock to Women" 4. A Woman's View of Aristocratic Life C. HEROIC ATHLETICS: THE CHARIOT GAMES AT PATROCLUS' FUNERAL D. THE ARISTOCRACY AND ITS INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS 1. A Greek Official in Egyptian Service 2. Greek Mercenaries in the Egyptian Army 3. The Life of a Soldier: An Order of Rations at Arad in Judah 4. An Aristocratic Exile: Antimenides of Mitylene 5. Sappho on Intermarriage among Aristocracies E. THE CRISIS OF THE ARISTOCRACY 1. The Lament of Theognis 2. Vulgar Upstarts: Artemon and Rhodopis 3. The Crisis at Corinth: Cypselus and Periander 4. The Crisis at Athens: Solon Chapter 3. The Persian Wars A. THE PERSIAN EMPIRE 1. The King and his Subjects: The Cyrus Cylinder 2. "By the Grace of Ahuramazda I am King": Persian Imperial Ideology 3. Persian Religion B. THE PERSIAN WARS 1. How the Wars Began: The Problems of Aristagoras 2. Aristagoras Seeks Help from Sparta 3. Aristagoras at Athens 4. The Battle of Marathon C. THE SECOND PERSIAN INVASION 1. The Muddled Greek Response: "It Was Plain that the Greater Number of the States Would Take No Part in the War but Warmly Favored the Persians" 2. Themistocles and the "Alliance of the Willing" 3. The Themistocles Decree 4. Why Gelo of Syracuse Refused Help 5. Battle of Thermopylae 6. Athens Evacuated 7. The Great Debate: Fight at Salamis or Defend the Isthmus? 8. The Battle of Plataea 9. Revenge for Thermopylae Chapter 4. Life in the Polis A. THE HOUSEHOLD 1. "What is Sweeter than Family?" 2. Do Parents Love their Children more than Children Love their Parents? 3. The Nature of Youth 4. Husbands and Wives 5. Mothers and Sons: "My Mother is a Tria
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