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Written by four leading authorities on the classical world, Ancient Greece, Second Edition, introduces students to the history and civilization of ancient Greece in all its complexity and variety. A comprehensive history, this captivating study covers the entire period from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Era, integrating the most recent research in archaeology, comparative anthropology, and social history with a traditional yet lively narrative of political, military, cultural, economic, and diplomatic history. Using physical evidence from archaeology, the written testimony of literary texts and inscriptions, and anthropological models based on comparative studies, Ancient Greece, Second Edition, offers an account of the Greek world that is thoughtful and sophisticated yet accessible to students with little or no knowledge of Greece. The book is enhanced by text boxes featuring excerpts from ancient documents, an extensive glossary, and a timeline and general introduction that provide a bird's-eye view of Greek history.

Revised and updated throughout, the second edition features:

* More in-depth coverage of such social and cultural topics as women and family life, material culture, religion, law, homosexuality, slavery, athletics, and life in the countryside
* A revised art program that includes a new 8-page full-color photo insert, 125 black-and-white photographs (55 of them new), 15 line drawings, and 17 new and improved custom-drawn maps
* Key terms--in boldface type when they first appear in the text and listed at the end of each chapter
* Selective, up-to-date recommendations for further reading

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Four well-known classicists have taken the traditional chronology of Greek history texts and written a much-needed overview for modern students. By means of a chapter structure that is well designed and logical, they take us through each period of Greek history and introduce the defining historiographical and literary issues. Each chapter begins with a discussion of the sources for that period and includes annotated endnotes that deal extensively with recent scholarship. Unlike many other histories, the book goes into depth on the Hellenistic period, as well as the Bronze and Dark Ages. Although the Spartans and Athenians naturally dominate, the authors consider Sparta before Athens, reflecting the order in which the moderns have admired them. An appropriate balance is found between political, social, and cultural history, and the authors display no outlandish prejudices to derail this noble effort. Recommended for all academic and large public libraries.--Claibourne G. Williams, Ferris State Univ., Big Rapids, MI
Kirkus Reviews
From Pomeroy (Classics/Hunter Coll.), Stanley M. Burstein (History/Calif. State U niv., Los Angeles), Walter Donlan (Classics/Univ. of Calif., Irvine), and Jennifer Tolbert Roberts (Classics/City Coll. of New York), a comprehensive narrative history that emphasizes the "astonishing creativity, versatility, and resilience" of the culture shaped by the ancient Greeks. A poor, backward people occupying barely cultivable land on the periphery of the Mediterranean world, the Bronze Age Hellenes or Greeks (c. 3000-1150 B.C.) seem in retrospect an unlikely bet to become the progenitors of a great world civilization. While Bronze Age Greece eventually developed a distinctive culture and power base at Mycenae (c. 1600-1100 B.C. ), it derived most of its industrial skills from its more highly developed neighbors around the Mediterranean basin. And beginning around 1150 B.C., the authors speculate, a mysterious wave of invaders from the north wiped out the brilliant Mycenaean civilization, reducing Greek society to a culturally primitive "dark age" until around 750 B.C. The authors' account treats aspects of Greek life for which primary sources are sparse—-the role of women, for instance—-but it doesn't neglect the amazing political, artistic, architectural, philosophical, and literary achievements of classical Athens and other cities. The authors detail the development of Athens and Sparta, the creative tensions between them that helped defend Greece from Persian invasion, the ruinous wars that vitiated the Greek polis or city-state, and the extensive colonization (by the city-states) and conquest (by Alexander the Great) that spread Greek civilization from modem France to what is nowPakistan. While the Hellenistic kingdoms that resulted from the Alexandrian conquest were brutally absorbed into the Roman super-state, the cultural legacy of Greece remained pervasively influential in the Roman world and exerted a profound effect on the rise of Christianity. An accessible and well-balanced introduction to the culture and history of ancient Greece, useful for both student and general reader. .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195308006
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/6/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Pomeroy is Professor of Classics at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Stanley M. Burstein is Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at California State University, Los Angeles. Walter Donlan is Professor of Classics at the University of California, Irvine. Jennifer Tolbert Roberts is Professor of Classics and History at the City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
Preface
Acknowledgments
Time Line
I Early Greece and the Bronze Age 1
II The "Dark Age" of Greece and the Eighth-Century "Renaissance" (c. 1150-700 B.C.) 41
III Archaic Greece (c. 700-500 B.C.) 82
IV Sparta 131
V The Growth of Athens and the Persian Wars 159
VI The Rivalries of the Greek City-States and the Growth of Athenian Democracy 201
VII Greece on the Eve of the Peloponnesian War 246
VIII The Peloponnesian War 287
IX The Crisis of the Polis and the Age of Shifting Hegemonies 330
X Phillip II and the Rise of Macedon 371
XI Alexander the Great 395
XII Alexander's Successors and the Cosmopolis 427
Epilogue 471
Glossary 476
Art and Illustration Credits 490
Index 494
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  • Posted October 25, 2012

    A Great Resource

    The study of ancient civilizations can be overwhelming. There is so much information along with strange and exotic names and customs. It takes a well laid out book like Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History to help explain it.

    This 568 page book covers Ancient Greece from the time before the great Minoans all the way through the Roman conquest. This can be a formidable task and can be contained in more than one volume, but the authors are able to put it all in the one book without losing anything.

    It begins with a comprehensive timeline that breaks out the military, political and social, and cultural events that begin as early as 6500 B.C. through 30 B.C. This timeline is displayed over 8 pages which gives it plenty of space for hitting the major events.

    The book is then divided into twelve major sections of Ancient Greek history. Within each of these sections, there are anywhere from five to twelve sub-sections. This helps break up the eras in an easy to absorb manner.

    At the end of each sub-section is another section of key terms. This section lists names, terms, and important concepts. These can come in handy for students of Ancient Greece and prep them for tests and better understandings of the text. At the end of the book, the reader can find a glossary to help explain each of those terms.

    Following this section are bibliographies for that particular sub-section which include translations of primary sources and contemporary pieces. Instead of listing all the resources and suggest readings at the end of the book which could be huge, the authors separate them and attach them to the relevant sub-sections to make it easier to research.

    One thing that helps make a book really great to me is when they use a number of visual aids. This book gives me that. There are a large number of black/white and color photographs and maps all through the book. The reader gets to see the sites as they are today and then compare them to the drawings of what they once looked like. This can help a visual learner retain the reading material.

    Ancient Greece is a great wonderful resource to have at your hand and add to your history library. This is one of the best books that I have read on the subject. Perfect for pleasure and for studying.

    This book was purchased as part of a class in college.

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