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For generations, scholars have focused on the rise of the Greek city-state and its brilliant cosmopolitan culture as the ultimate source of the Western tradition in literature, philosophy, and politics. This passionate book leads us outside the city walls to the countryside, where the vast majority of the Greek citizenry lived, to find the true source of the cultural wealth of Greek civilization. Victor Hanson shows that the real "Greek revolution" was not merely the rise of a free and democratic urban culture, but rather the historic innovation of the independent family farm.

The farmers, vinegrowers, and herdsmen of ancient Greece are "the other Greeks," who formed the backbone of Hellenic civilization. It was these tough-minded, practical, and fiercely independent agrarians, Hanson contends, who gave Greek culture its distinctive emphasis on private property, constitutional government, contractual agreements, infantry warfare, and individual rights. Hanson's reconstruction of ancient Greek farm life, informed by hands-on knowledge of the subject (he is a fifth-generation California vine- and fruit-grower) is fresh, comprehensive, and absorbing. His detailed chronicle of the rise and tragic fall of the Greek city-state also helps us to grasp the implications of what may be the single most significant trend in American life today—the imminent extinction of the family farm.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520209350
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 12/22/1999
  • Edition description: 2 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 596
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Victor Davis Hanson is Professor of Classics at California State University, Fresno, and author of Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece (Revised edition, California 1998),The Western Way of War:
Infantry Battle in Classical Greece
(1986), and Fields Without Dreams: Defending the Agrarian Idea (1996).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Author's Note
Introduction: Agrarianism, Ancient and Modern: The Origin of Western Values and the Price of Their Decline 1
Pt. 1 The Rise of Small Farmers in Ancient Greece
1 The Liberation of Agriculture 25
2 Laertes' Farm: The Rise of Intensive Greek Agriculture 47
3 Hesiod's Works and Days: The Privilege of the Struggle 91
4 The Ways of Farmers 127
Pt. 2 The Preservation of Agrarianism
5 Before Democracy: Agricultural Egalitarianism and the Ideology Behind Greek Constitutional Government 181
6 The Ways of Fighters 221
7 The Economy of Agrarian Warfare 291
Pt. 3 To Lose a Culture
8 Hoplites as Dinosaurs 327
9 The Erosion of the Agrarian Polis 357
10 Epilogue: World Beneath Our Feet 405
Appendix: Farming Words 435
Notes 445
Abbreviations of Ancient Authors and Works 499
Bibliography of Works Cited 507
Index 531
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