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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 of antiquity. Comprehensive and balanced, A Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture, Second Edition, is a shorter version of the authors' highly successful Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History, Second Edition (OUP, 2007). 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. 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.
A Brief History of Ancient Greece, Second Edition, is concise enough to be used alongside other books in courses in Greek Civilization, Greek and Roman Civilization, Ancient Greece, or Western Civilization. It 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.

New to the Second Edition
* New sections on childhood and on marriage and burial rituals
* An expanded treatment of religion
* A revised art program that includes a new 8-page full-color photo insert, 125 black-and-white photographs and illustrations, 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
* A companion website featuring student self-quizzes, discussion questions, flashcards of key terms, chapter summaries, a pronunciation guide, links to useful websites, and PowerPoint lecture outlines

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Authoritative, clear, and coherent. The authors' prose is mercifully free of jargon, engaging, and moves steadily forward. An excellent textbook for a one-semester survey of Greek history."--Lawrence Okamura, University of Missouri-Columbia

"An excellent and affordable textbook."--Andrew Nichols, University of Florida

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195372359
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/16/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah B. Pomeroy is Distinguished Professor of Classics and History Emerita at Hunter College and The City University of New York Graduate Center.

Stanley M. Burstein is Professor of History Emeritus at California State University, Los Angeles.

The late Walter Donlan was Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine.

Jennifer Tolbert Roberts is Professor of Classics and History at City College and The City University of New York Graduate Center.

David W. Tandy is Research Fellow in Classics at the University of Leeds, UK.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Early Greece and the Bronze Age 15

Ch. 2 The "dark age" of Greece and the eighth-century "renaissance" (c. 1100-700 BC) 41

Ch. 3 Archaic Greece (c. 700-480 BC) 70

Ch. 4 Sparta 102

Ch. 5 The growth of Athens and the Persian Wars 124

Ch. 6 The rivalries of the Greek city-states and the growth of Athenian democracy 156

Ch. 7 Greek life and culture in the fifth century 188

Ch. 8 The Peloponnesian War 224

Ch. 9 The fourth century : changing ideas, continuing warfare 254

Ch. 10 Philip II and the rise of Macedon 288

Ch. 11 Alexander the Great 306

Ch. 12 The new world of the Hellenistic period 331

Epilogue 364

Glossary 369

Art and illustration credits 377

Index 385

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