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    DescriptionThe contribution of the Ancient Greeks to modern western culture is incalculable. In the worlds of art, architecture, myth, literature, and philosophy, the world we live in would be unrecognizably different without the formative influence of Ancient Greek models. Ancient Greek civilization was defined by the city - in Greek, the polis, from which we derive 'politics'. It is above all this feature of Greek civilization that has formed its most enduring legacy, spawning such key terms as aristocracy, oligarchy, tyranny and - last but by no means least - democracy. This highly stimulating introduction to Ancient Greece takes the polis as its starting point. Paul Cartledge uses the history of eleven major Greek cities to illuminate the most important and informative themes in Ancient Greek history, from the first documented use of the Greek language around 1400 BCE, through the glories of the Classical and Hellenistic periods, to the foundation of the Byzantine empire in around CE 330. Covering everything from politics, trade, and travel to slavery, gender, religion, and philosophy, it provides the ideal concise introduction to the history and culture of this remarkable civilization that helped give birth to the world as we know it.

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    Ancient Greece
    A History in Eleven Cities
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Cartledge
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 202 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 334 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199233380
    ISBN 10: 0199233381

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Abridged Dewey: 938
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    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    DC22: 938
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15510
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    LC classification: DF77 .C34 2009
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    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC
    Illustrations note
    24 black and white plates, 6 maps, 8 plans and figures
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    13 February 2010
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    Author Information
    Paul Cartledge is A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture in the University of Cambridge, and Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Clare College, Cambridge. Over the course of his distinguished career he has written and edited numerous books on the ancient Greek world, including The Greeks: A Portrait of Self and Others, also published by Oxford University Press, and most recently the Cambridge Illustrated History of Ancient Greece. He also served as chief historical consultant for the BBC television series The Greeks.
    Review quote
    Cartledge's success lies in his ability to negotiate a path between similarity and difference; with proper scholarly detachment, he stresses how different the Greeks were; with an eye to broader historical trajectories, he reflects on the grounds for their continuing fascination. Tim Rood, Times Literary Supplement A rare work, a compelling historical narrative. Peter Stothard, Wall Street Journal Thoroughly stimulating book. Tom Holland, BBC History Cartledge is master of his subject. Peter Jones, Literary Review Paul Cartledge... once again shows why he is the surest and most engaging guide to the ancient world. Justin Marozzi, Evening Standard A tremendously readable tour d'horizon that goes far beyond Athens and Sparta to explore the roots of Greek civilization. Justin Marozzi, Evening Standard There are many pleasures to be had along Cartledge's mind-broadening route through time and space. Charlotte Higgins, The Guardian
    Table of contents
    Preface ; Glossary ; Timeline ; 1. Introduction ; PART I: PREHISTORY ; 2. Cnossos ; 3. Mycenae ; PART II: EARLY HISTORY (TO 500 BCE) ; 4. Argos ; 5. Miletus ; 6. Massalia ; 7. Sparta ; PART III: CLASSICAL (500-330 BCE) ; 8. Athens ; 9. Syracuse ; 10. Thebes ; PART IV: HELLENISTIC ; 11. Alexandria ; PART V: RETROSPECT AND PROSPECT ; 12. Byzantium ; Appendix ; Further Reading ; Index