Ancient Greece from Homer to Alexander: The Evidence

Ancient Greece from Homer to Alexander: The Evidence

Paperback Blackwell Sourcebooks in Ancient History

By (author) Joseph Roisman, Translated by J. C. Yardley


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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Paperback | 688 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 246mm x 26mm | 1,461g
  • Publication date: 3 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 1405127767
  • ISBN 13: 9781405127769
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps, figures
  • Sales rank: 305,897

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With fresh, new translations and extensive introductions and annotations, this sourcebook provides an inclusive and integrated view of Greek history, from Homer to Alexander the Great.* New translations of original sources are contextualized by insightful introductions and annotations* Includes a range of literary, artistic and material evidence from the Homeric, Archaic and Classical Ages* Focuses on important developments as well as specific themes to create an integrated perspective on the period* Links the political and social history of the Greeks to their intellectual accomplishments* Includes an up-to-date bibliography of seminal scholarship* An accompanying website offers additional evidence and explanations, as well as links to useful online resources

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Author information

Joseph Roisman is Professor of Classics at Colby College. He has authored and edited several books, among them Brill's Companion to Alexander the Great (2003) and The Rhetoric of Manhood: Masculinity in the Attic Orators (2005). J.C. Yardley is Emeritus Professor of Classics at the University of Ottawa. He has published extensively on Greek and Roman history and sources. His books include Alexander the Great: Historical Sources in Translation (ed. with Waldemar Heckel, Blackwell, 2004) and many translations of key texts, from Tacitus and Justin to Livy and Quintus Curtius Rufus.

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"A welcome contribution to introductory studies on Greekhistory, and aims at presenting not just the historical narrationbut also the primary sources on which history is based... Whatevertheir background, all readers will benefit from this study, sinceRoisman manages to cover thoroughly the main aspects of eachperiod. In addition to the historical narrative the book issupplemented with the basic secondary literature, the primarysources and, clearly one of its strengths, e- sources on the web.Thus, the reader gets a good idea both of the valid scholarly viewsand of what material exists on the internet to support these views.This work is surely a first step for everyone who wishes to exploreGreek history. Finally, what is most helpful and educative is thatRoisman's study lets the facts speak for themselves so that readerscan form their own opinion about them. It seems that this kind ofself-learning is the organising principle of the book. To myknowledge this is the first study of this kind, and I wouldstrongly recommend its translation into other languages so thatmore students and the general public can benefit from it." (Panagiotis Paraskevas, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 1October 2012)"Headlined Historical Sources in Translation', thissubstantial 642-page annotated sourcebook is just the thing toplace in the hands of bright sixth-form students doing the OCRAS/A2 Ancient History paper, or of undergraduates enjoying theproliferating Classical Studies courses at university." (TheAnglo-Hellenic Review, Autumn 2011)

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Incorporating fresh, new translations of original Greek and Roman texts and drawing on a range of sources, including artistic evidence, this sourcebook provides an inclusive and integrated view of Greek history, from Homer to Alexander the Great. Linking the political, military, and social history of the Greeks to their intellectual accomplishments, "Ancient Greece from Homer to Alexander" offers a full and integrated perspective on the period. Rather than compartmentalizing Greek history and civilization into a number of thematic studies, the book focuses on important developments, placing them within their political, economic, cultural, and intellectual contexts, and examining both their influences and their effects. "Ancient Greece from Homer to Alexander" puts the reader in touch with the raw material of ancient history and analyzes the importance of this evidence through extensive introductions and explanatory notes. An accompanying website offers additional evidence and explanations, as well as links to useful online resources.

Table of contents

List of Illustrations. List of Maps. Preface. Abbreviations. Glossary. Greek Weights, Measures, Coins and the Athenian Calendar. Timeline. Introduction: The Evidence for Greek History and Culture. 1. The World of Homer. 2. The World of Hesiod. 3. The Early Greek Polis (City-State), Ethnos and FederalStates. 4. Settlements Across the Sea: Greek Colonization . 5. Aristocratic Power and Attitudes. 6. Archaic Tyranny. 7. Archaic and Classical Sparta. 8. Hoplites and Their Values. 9. Archaic Athens From Draco to Solon. 10. Tyranny in Athens. 11. Cleisthenes and Athenian Democracy (508/7). 12. Archaic Society and Culture: Gender, Sexuality, Banquet andCompetition. 13. Archaic Law. 14. Archaic Greek Religion. 15. The Ionian Revolt: Persians and Greeks. 16. The Battle of Marathon (490). 17. The Persian War (480-79). 18. The Athenian Empire. 19. Empowering Athenian Democracy (462/1-451/0). 20. War and Peace in Greece (461/0-437/6). 21. The Administration of the Empire and the Athenian TributeQuota Lists. 22. The City of Athens. 23. The Sophists, Athenian Democracy and Its Critics. 24. The Causes of the Peloponnesian War and the Athenian andSpartan Strategies. 25. The Peloponnesian War: The Archidamian War (431-21). 26. Finances and Allies During the Archidamian War. 27. The Uneasy Peace and the Sicilian Expedition (421-413). 28. The Peloponnesian War: the Decelean War (413-404). 29. The Rule of the Thirty, The Athenian Amnesty andSocrates Trial. 30. Sparta After The Peloponnesian War: Politics, Wealth andDemography. 31. The Spartan Hegemony, the Corinthian War and the Peace ofAntalcidas (404/3-388/7). 32. From the Peace of Antalcidas (387) to the Battle of Leuctraand Its Aftermath (371). 33. Jason of Pherae (? 370). 34. Athenian Imperialism and Theban Hegemony. 35. Running the Athenian Polis: Politics, Finances, Grain andTrade in the Fourth Century. 36. Metics (Resident Aliens), Slaves and Barbarians. 37. Masculine and Feminine Gender in Classical Athens. 38. Philip II of Macedonia (359-336). 39. Alexander the Great (336-323). Bibliography. Index of Ancient Sources. General Index.