Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture / Edition 2 by Plutarch, Walter Donlan, Stanley M. Burstein | | 9780195392678 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture / Edition 2

Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture / Edition 2

by Plutarch, Walter Donlan, Stanley M. Burstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195392671

ISBN-13: 9780195392678

Pub. Date: 02/28/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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

Overview

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:
A more streamlined treatment of political and military history thanAncient Greece
Emphasis on social and domestic life, art and architecture, literature, and philosophy
Expanded coverage of women and family life, religion, and athletics
A new section on male homosexuality in ancient Greece
A revised art program featuring more than 100 illustrations and 17 original maps
Numerous "document boxes" that include primary source material

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195392678
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Pages:
402
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps


Preface


Time Line


Introduction


I. 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)


II. 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


III. 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


IV. 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


V. 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


VI. TheRivalries 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


VII. 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


VIII. 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


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


X. Phillip II and the Rise of Macedon


Early Macedonia


Macedonian Society and Kingship


The Reign of Philip II


Philip's Plans for Greece


XI. 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


XII. 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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