A Culture of Freedom: Ancient Greece and the Origins of Europe [NOOK Book]

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Christian Meier is one of Europe's preeminent authorities on the classical world. A Culture of Freedom marks the apex of his lifelong research on ancient Greek culture. Beginning with a section on medieval and modern Europe's enormous inheritance of Greek institutions and ideas, the book moves on to chronicle the rise of Greek civilization from the Bronze Age to the Greco-Persian wars. Throughout, the author provides fresh insight into the "Greek miracle," as he illuminates the well-known features of Greek ...
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A Culture of Freedom: Ancient Greece and the Origins of Europe

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Overview

Christian Meier is one of Europe's preeminent authorities on the classical world. A Culture of Freedom marks the apex of his lifelong research on ancient Greek culture. Beginning with a section on medieval and modern Europe's enormous inheritance of Greek institutions and ideas, the book moves on to chronicle the rise of Greek civilization from the Bronze Age to the Greco-Persian wars. Throughout, the author provides fresh insight into the "Greek miracle," as he illuminates the well-known features of Greek culture--from epic and lyric poetry to warfare, athletics, philosophy, religion, and democracy. What made these achievements possible and so enduring? Meier argues that across the whole range of human experience--in politics and philosophy no less than in war, sport, and religion--there was one common denominator among the ancient Greeks: an attempt to find compromise, balance, and understanding in the face of problems others usually solved by means of power. A Culture of Freedom is an original and learned portrait of a civilization that still captivates and inspires.
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"Christian Meier is one of the most celebrated ancient historians writing today."—Times Higher Education Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199912193
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/5/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Christian Meier, Emeritus Professor of Ancient History at the University of Munich, is the author of Caesar: A Biography, Athens: A Portrait of the City in Its Golden Age, and From Athens to Auschwitz: The Uses of History.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Kurt Raaflaub
List of Maps
List of Figures
PART I. The Question of Beginnings
1. A Most Unusual Case I: The Appropriation of Antiquity by Medieval and Modern Europe
2. The Challenge of Freedom
3. A Most Unusual Case II: The Early Conditions of the Formation of Medieval and Early Modern Culture
4. The Constitution of Europe as a Continent
5. Greeks and Persians I: Freedom and Rule-Atossa's Dream
6. Europe and Asia in Antiquity
7. Antiquity as European Prehistory or Early History

PART II. The Rise of the World of Poleis
8. A Post-Mycenaean New Beginning: Origins of Greek Particularity
9. The Dawn of an Era: The Eighth Century BC
10. The Greeks and the Orient
11. Colonization
12. Homer and Hesiod
13. Gods and Priests
14. Crisis and Consolidation: The Seventh and Sixth Centuries BC
15. Polis Individualism and the Pan-Hellenic Context: The Agonistic Impulse
16. The Diversity of the Poleis: Sparta and Other Cities
17. The Wars
18 Polis Structure: Public Sphere and Institutions
19. Crisis: Aristocratic Rivalries, Social Conflict, Tyrannies
20. Lyric Poetry, the Symposium, and a Reorientation towards Virtue
21. The Beginnings of Political Thought: The 'Middling Class'
22. The Beginnings of Philosophy and Science
23. Athens's Path towards Isonomia and its Rise to Power
24. The Aegean World around 500 bc: Greeks and Persians
Outlook
Epilogue
Glossary
Sources and Further Reading
Index

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