Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture / Edition 2

Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture / Edition 2

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Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture / Edition 2

The story of the ancient Greeks is one of the most improbable success stories in world history. A small people inhabiting a country poor in resources and divided into hundreds of quarreling states created one of the most remarkable civilizations. Comprehensive and balanced, A Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture is a new and shorter version of the authors' highly successful Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History (OUP, 1998). Four leading authorities on the classical world offer a lively and up-to-date account of Greek civilization and history in all its complexity and variety, covering the entire period from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Era, and integrating the most recent research in archaeology, comparative anthropology, and social history. They show how the early Greeks borrowed from their neighbors but eventually developed a distinctive culture all their own, one that was marked by astonishing creativity, versatility, and resilience. The authors go on to trace the complex and surprising evolution of Greek civilization to its eventual dissolution as it merged with a variety of other cultures. Using physical evidence from archaeology, the written testimony of literary texts and inscriptions, and anthropological models based on comparative studies, this compact volume provides an account of the Greek world that is thoughtful and sophisticated yet accessible to students and general readers with little or no knowledge of Greece.

Ideal for courses in Greek Civilization and Ancient Greece, A Brief History of Ancient Greece offers:
A more streamlined treatment of political and military history thanAncient Greece
Emphasis on social and domestic life, art and architecture, literature, and philosophy
Expanded coverage of women and family life, religion, and athletics
A new section on male homosexuality in ancient Greece
A revised art program featuring more than 100 illustrations and 17 original maps
Numerous "document boxes" that include primary source material

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195392678
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2009
Pages: 402
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps


Time Line


I. Early Greece and the Bronze Age

Greece in the Stone Ages

Greece in the Early and Middle Bronze Ages (c. 3000-1600 BC)

Greece and the Aegean in the Late Bronze Age (c. 1600-1150 BC)

II. The "Dark Age" of Greece and Eighth-Century "Renaissance" (c. 1150-700 BC)

Decline and Recovery (c. 1150-900 BC)

Revival (c. 900-750 BC)

Homeric Society

Myth and Religion

The End of the Dark Age

III. Archaic Greece (c. 700-500 BC)

The Formation of the City-State (Polis)

Government in the Early City-States

The Colonizing Movement

Economic and Social Divisions in the Archaic Poleis

Hesiod: A View from Below

The Hoplite Army

The Archaic Age Tyrants

The Arts and Sciences

Panhellenic Institutions

Relations Among States

IV. Sparta

The Dark Age and the Archaic Period

The Spartan System

Demography and the Spartan Economy

Spartan Government

The Peloponnesian League

Historical Change in Sparta

The Spartan Mirage

V. The Growth of Athens and the Persian Wars

Athens from the Bronze Age to the Early Archaic Age

The Reforms of Solon

Peisistratus and His Sons

The Reforms of Cleisthenes

The Rise of Persia

The Wars Between Greece and Persia

VI. TheRivalries of the Greek City-States and the Growth of Athenian Democracy

The Aftermath of the Persian Wars and the Foundation of a New League

New Developments in Athens and Sparta

The "First" (Undeclared) Peloponnesian War (460-455 BC)

Pericles and the Growth of Athenian Democracy

Literature and Art

Oikos and Polis

The Greek Economy

VII. Greece on the Eve of the Peloponnesian War

Greece After Thirty Years' Peace

The Physical Space of the Polis: Athens in the Fifth Century

Intellectual Life in Fifth-Century Greece

Historical and Dramatic Literature of the Fifth Century

Currents in Greek Thought and Education

The Breakdown of the Peace

Resources for War

VIII. The Peloponnesian War

The Archidamian War (431-421 BC)

Between Peace and War

The Invasion of Sicily (415-413 BC)

The War in the Aegean and the Oligarchic Coup at Athens (413-411 BC)

Fallout from the Long War

The War in Retrospect

IX. The Crisis of the Polis and the Age of Shifting Hegemonies

Oligarchy at Athens: The Thirty Tyrants

The Trial of Socrates (399 BC)

The Fourth Century: Changing Ideas, Continuing Warfare

Law and Democracy in Athens

The Fourth-Century Polis

Philosophy and the Polis

X. Phillip II and the Rise of Macedon

Early Macedonia

Macedonian Society and Kingship

The Reign of Philip II

Philip's Plans for Greece

XI. Alexander the Great

Consolidating Power

From Issus to Egypt: Conquest of the Eastern Mediterranean (332-331 BC)

From Alexandria to Persepolis: The King of Asia (331-330 BC)

The High Road to India: Alexander in Central Asia

India and the End of the Dream

Return to the West

XII. The New World of the Hellenistic Period

The Struggle for the Succession

The Regency of Perdiccas

The Primacy of Antigonus the One-Eyed

Birth Pangs of the New Order (301-276 BC)

The Polis in the Hellenistic World

The Macedonian Kingdoms

Hellenistic Society

Alexandria and Hellenistic Culture

Social Relations in the Hellenistic World



Art and Illustration Credits


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