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Overview

Sumptuously illustrated in colour and packed with fascinating information, The Cambridge Illustrated History of Ancient Greece is now available for the first time in a revised paperback edition. Offering fresh interpretations of classical Greek culture, the book devotes as much attention to social, economic, sexual and intellectual aspects as to politics and war. Paul Cartledge and his team ask what it was like for an ordinary person to partake in 'the glory that was Greece'. They examine the influences of the environment and economy; the effect of interstate tensions; the implications of sexuality; the experience of workers, soldiers, slaves, peasants and women; and the roles of myth and religion, art and culture, and science and education. This is a cultural history from the bottom up, which reveals the far-reaching linguistic, literary, artistic and political legacy of ancient Greece, and seeks justification for Shelley's claim that 'we are all Greeks'.
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Editorial Reviews

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"We are all Greeks..." Shelley

"Whatever, in fact, is modern in our life we owe to the Greeks. Whatever is an anachronism is due to medievalism." Oscar Wilde

"The focus on achievements at all class and cultural levels provides an unusually well-rounded, in-depth focus on Greek culture." The Midwest Book Review

"...no one reading this book will fail to appreciate the complexity of ancient Greece as a society, a competitive, high achieving, innovative world....We have grown up in our understanding of Greeks since the nineteenth century and this book shows how much. A fine achievement." Charles Freeman, History Today

"...this is a good tool for intro survey courses." Brad L. Cook, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"...a thoughtful portrait of the cultural history of ancient Greece for the general reader...this is an interesting and handsome book that might bring new students to the field with its updated approach to an ancient culture." John M. Lawless, New England Classical Journal

"A beautiful addition to the Cambridge Illustrated History series." Peter Krentz, Religious Studies Review

"This is an original and insightful work. Its authors have lucidly synthesized the results of a generation of creative scholarship, and restored the voices of many groups that were often left out of more traditional Greek histories." Stanley Burstein, The International History Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521481960
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Series: Cambridge Illustrated Histories Series
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.99 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Cartledge is Reader in Greek History, and Fellow and Director of Studies at Clare College, University of Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Glory that was Greece?
Pt. I The World of Greece
1 History and Tradition 2
2 Environment 13
3 Peoples: Who were the Greeks? 35
Intermezzo: Historical Outline 54
Pt. II The Life of Greece 74
4 Rich and Poor 76
5 Women, Children and Men 100
6 Power and the State 139
7 War and Peace 166
8 Work and Leisure 193
9 Performance 219
10 Visual Arts 250
11 Philosophy and Science 288
12 Religion and Myth 320
Epilogue 345
Reference Guide 359
Who's Who 360
Glossary 366
Chronological Table 368
Synopses of Plots 369
Further Reading 371
Biographies 374
Index 376
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