The World of the Ancient Greeks

The World of the Ancient Greeks

by John Camp, Elizabeth Fisher
     
 

“Tracing 3,500 years of ancient Greek culture . . . this survey reveals the myriad ways in which these people made unparalleled contributions to the rise of Western civilization.”—Science NewsSee more details below

Overview

“Tracing 3,500 years of ancient Greek culture . . . this survey reveals the myriad ways in which these people made unparalleled contributions to the rise of Western civilization.”—Science News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500288740
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
747,756
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

John Camp is the Director of the Agora excavations in Athens, where he has worked for over thirty-five years. He is the author of The Athenian Agora.

Elizabeth Fisher is Professor of Classics at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.

Table of Contents

IWho were the Greeks?
The Ancient Greeks Defined8
Historical Outline14
Written Sources and Archaeological Discoveries20
IIThe First Greeks
Palaeolithic and Neolithic Greece26
The Early Bronze Age30
The Arrival of the Greeks34
IIIThe Heroic Age
The Mycenaean Palace38
The Mycenaean World46
Crete48
History or Myth?52
The End of the Palaces56
IVThe Age of Expanding Horizons
After the Palaces: The Dark Ages60
Colonization66
Panhellenism68
Eastern Influence70
The Beginnings of Greek Literature74
VPolis: The Early Greek City
The Greek City78
Regional Diversity88
Cities of the Mainland84
East Greek Cities94
Western Greek Cities102
The Fight for Survival110
VIClassical Athens
The Rise of Athens118
Government and Law120
Commerce and Business124
Religious Life126
The Dionysia and Greek Theatre134
Intellectual Life: Education and Philosophy138
Private Life140
VIIGods and Heroes
Sanctuaries, Festivals and Sacrifices144
The Twelve Olympian Gods146
Heroes152
The Panhellenic Festivals154
Medicine and Healing Cults160
Oracular Shrines162
VIIIGreek Art and Architecture
Architecture166
Sculpture174
Pottery182
Painting184
Metalwork186
IXAlexander and the Hellenistic World
Historical Background190
The Conquest of Asia194
The Hellenistic Kingdoms196
XRomans and Christians
Roman Philhellenism202
Hadrian and the Greek World206
The Rise of Christianity208
Epilogue: Byzantines, Franks and Ottomans212
Gazetteer214
Further Reading217
Illustration Credits219
Index220

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