A History of the Greek City States, 700-338 B. C. / Edition 1

A History of the Greek City States, 700-338 B. C. / Edition 1

by Raphael Sealey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520031776

ISBN-13: 9780520031777

Pub. Date: 10/28/1976

Publisher: University of California Press


This book introduces the reader to the serious study of Greek history, concentrating more on problems than on narrative. The topics selected have been prominent in modern research and references to important discussions of these have been provided. Outlined are controversial issues of which differing views can be defended. Mr. Sealey's preference is for…  See more details below

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This book introduces the reader to the serious study of Greek history, concentrating more on problems than on narrative. The topics selected have been prominent in modern research and references to important discussions of these have been provided. Outlined are controversial issues of which differing views can be defended. Mr. Sealey's preference is for interpretations which see Greek history as the interaction of personalities, rather than for those which see it as a struggle for economic classes or of abstract ideas.

Sealey assumes that the Greek cities of the archaic and classical periods did not inherit any political institutions from the Bronze Age; that the extensive invasions that brought Mycenaean civilization to an end destroyed political habits as effectively as stone palaces. Accordingly, he believes that the Greeks of the historic period were engaged in the fundamental enterprise of building organized society out of nothing.

The first chapters of this work deal with the stops taken by the early tyrants, in Sparta and Athens, toward constructing stable organs of authority and of political expression. In later chapters, interest shifts to relations that developed between the states and especially to the development of lasting alliances. Attention is given to the Peloponnesian League, to the Persian Wars, to the Delian League, and to the Second Athenian Sea League of the fourth century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520031777
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/28/1976
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
516
Sales rank:
1,240,341
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents


List of Maps
List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Preface

Part I. The Development of the City-State and the Persian Wars
Part II. The Era of Hegmonic Leagues
Part III. Leagues of More Equal Type

Note on the Athenian Calendar
List of Technical Terms
Index

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