Events That Changed Ancient Greece

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This one-stop resource for information and examination of the ten most important topics and events in Ancient Greek history is an ideal student companion to a study of Greek civilization. Each chapter focuses on one topic or event and contains two essays: a clear, concise introduction to the event that presents complex, factual material in an easily understandable way, followed by an insightful interpretive essay by a recognized authority that explores the short-term and far-reaching ramifications of the event and encourages critical thinking. Chapters cover: Early Greek civilization; political revolutions and the development of ethnic Greek identity; the Olympic games and the rise of Greek religious institutions; Sparta and Athens; the Persian Wars; Athenian imperialism; the Peloponnesian War; the development of Greek philosophy; Makedonian conquests; and Hellenistic empires.

Each chapter features a full-page illustration of the event and an annotated bibliography that identifies the most important and recent scholarship about the event. Useful appendixes include a timeline of important events in Ancient Greece, a glossary of terms, and a list of Greek gods and goddesses. This resource is an ideal addition to the school and public library reference shelf and is also excellent for supplementary reading in courses on ancient history and culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313316395
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

BELLA VIVANTE is Associate Professor of Humanities at the University of Arizona.

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Table of Contents

Maps and Illustrations
Pt. I The First Greeks (18th-12th century B.C.E.)
1 The Mycenaeans: Early Greek Civilization 3
Interpretive Essay 7
Pt. II The Archaic Age (8th-6th century B.C.E)
2 Epic Poetry, Polis, and Tyranny: Political Revolutions and Development of Ethnic Greek Identity 23
Interpretive Essay 27
3 The Olympic Games and the Rise of Greek Religious Institutions 41
Interpretive Essay 45
4 Sparta and Athens: Political Conservatism and Political Experimentation 59
Interpretive Essay 64
Pt. III The Rise of Political and Cultural Imperialism (5th century B.C.E.)
5 The Persian Wars 79
Interpretive Essay 83
6 Athenian Imperialism and Cultural Expansion: The Delian League, the Parthenon, and Drama 97
Interpretive Essay 101
7 The Peloponnesian War: The Challenge to Athens and the Triumph of Sparta 115
Interpretive Essay 120
Pt. IV Transition and Expansion of Empire (4th-1st century B.C.E.)
8 The Death of Sokrates and the Development of Greek Philosophy 137
Interpretive Essay 141
9 Makedonian Conquests: Philip of Makedon and Alexander the Great 157
Interpretive Essay 161
10 Hellenistic Empires: Spread of Greek Culture and Rule to the Death of Kleopatra 175
Interpretive Essay 179
App. A: Glossary of Terms 195
App. B: Timeline of Events 199
App. C Greek Gods and Goddesses 207
Index 209
About the Editor and Contributors 223
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