A Short History of Ancient Greece

A Short History of Ancient Greece

by PJ Rhodes

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Overview

Classical Greece and its legacy have long inspired a powerful and passionate fascination. The civilization that bequeathed to later ages drama and democracy, Homer and heroism, myth and Mycenae and the Delphic Oracle and the Olympic Games has, perhaps more than any other, helped shape the intellectual contours of the modern world. P J Rhodes is among the most distinguished historians of antiquity. In this elegant, zesty new survey he explores the archaic (8th–early 5th centuries BCE), classical (5th and 4th centuries BCE) and Hellenistic (late 4th–mid-2nd centuries BCE) periods up to the beginning of Roman hegemony. His scope is that of the peoples who originated on the Greek mainland and Aegean islands who later migrated to the shores of the Mediterranean and Black Seas, and then (following the conquests of Alexander) to the Near East and beyond. Exploring topics such as the epic struggle with Persia; the bitter rivalry of Athens and Sparta; slaves and ethnicity; religion and philosophy; and literature and the visual arts, this authoritative book will attract students and non-specialists in equal measure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780765945
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 11/25/2014
Series: Short Histories
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

P. J. Rhodes, FBA, is Honorary Professor and Emeritus Professor of Ancient History at the University of Durham, UK. His many books include Alcibiades, Greek Historical Inscriptions 404-323 BC, Ancient Democracy and Modern Ideology, The Greek City States: A Sourcebook and A History of the Classical Greek World 478-323 BC.

Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Maps
Preface
Words and Names; References to Sources
1. Prologue
Archaic Greece, c. 800 – 500
2. The Archaic Greek World
3. Sparta and Athens
4. The Greeks and the Near-Eastern Kingdoms
Classical Greece, c. 500 – 323
5. The Pentecontaetia, 478 – 431
6. The Peloponnesian War, [435 –] 431 – 404
7. Life in the Greek World
8. After the Peloponnesian War, 404 – c. 360
9. The Rise of Macedon, c. 360 – 323
Hellenistic Greece, 323 – 146
10. Alexander's Successors, 323 – 272
11. Life in the Hellenistic World
12. Until the Roman Conquest, 272 – 146
13. Epilogue
Guide to Further Reading
Index

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