Ancient Greek Civilization / Edition 2

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"This book is a survey of the history, literature, art, and philosophy of the ancient Greeks from the Bronze Age to the transformation of Greek Culture during the Roman Empire. The author provides a concise narrative of Greek history and an analysis of major works of Greek literature, from Homer to Plutarch, highlighting the burst of intellectual creativity in classical Athens." "The book places special emphasis on the key themes of Greek civilization: the public nature of Greek society, the relationship between the individual and the community, and the tension between myth and reason. Throughout, the narrative traces how Greek civilization has been continually reinvented, both in antiquity and in our own world." This accessible book is a perfect introduction to the world of the ancient Greeks and is specially designed with the student in mind. It includes plentiful maps and illustrations, as well as timelines, a glossary, and annotated bibliography, to assist the reader in discovering the story of ancient Greek civilization.
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"Sansone's coverage and approach are fresh and distinctive, and his book richly informative, well-balanced, and engagingly written." Professor Stephen White, University of Texas at Austin

"Ancient Greek Civilisation is a deeply thought-out and personal survey of ancient Greek culture." Times Higher Education Supplement

"The classicist approach to the topic is evident in his focus on artistic and literary developments and thier relationship to history, politics, and everyday social practices." Art Book News Annual

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405167321
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 943,874
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Sansone is Professor of Classics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Aeschylean Metaphors for Intellectual Activity (1975), and Greek Athletics and the Genesis of Sport (1988), and the editor of Euripides: Iphigenia in Tauris (1981) and Plutarch – The Lives of Aristeides and Cato. He is on the Editorial Board of Illinois Classical Studies, of which he was the editor from 1993 to 2000, and on the Editorial Board of the journals Classical Philology and the Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Timelines
Foreword: Looking Backward
1 Greece in the Bronze Age 1
2 Iron Age Greece 19
3 The Poems of Hesiod and Homer 34
4 Poetry and Sculpture of the Archaic Period 48
5 Symposia, Seals, and Ceramics in the Archaic Period 63
6 The Birth of Philosophy and the Persian Wars 79
7 Setting the Stage for Democracy 94
8 History and Tragedy in the Fifth Century B.C. 112
9 The Peloponnesian War: A Tale of Thucydides 126
10 Stage and Lawcourt in Late Fifth-Century B.C. Athens 146
11 The Transformation of the Greek World in the Fourth Century B.C. 163
12 Greek Culture in the Hellenistic Period 178
Afterword: Looking Forward 198
Glossary 211
Index 217
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