The Ancient Greeks

The Ancient Greeks : New Perspectives


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"Ancient Greece" chronicles the rise, decline, resurgence, and ultimate collapse of the Greek empire from its earliest stirrings in the Bronze Age, through the Dark Ages and Classical period, to the death of Cleopatra and the conquests by Macedon and Rome (roughly 3000 B.C.E. to 30 B.C.E.). Drawing on the latest interpretations of artifacts, texts, and other evidence, this handbook takes both newcomers and long-time Hellenophiles inside the process of discovery, revealing not only what we know about ancient Greece but how we know it and how these cultures continue to influence us. There is no more authoritative or accessible introduction to the culture that gave us the Acropolis, "Iliad" and "Odyssey," Herodotus and Thucydides, Sophocles and Aeschylus, Plato and Aristotle, and so much more.

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  • Hardback | 469 pages
  • 172.7 x 251.5 x 33mm | 997.91g
  • ABC-CLIO Ltd
  • OxfordUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 69
  • 1576078140
  • 9781576078143
  • 1,984,692

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About Stephanie Lynn Budin

Stephanie Lynn Budin, PhD, is a professional writer specializing in ancient history, ancient Greece, and the Near East.

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The Ancient Greeks: New Perspectives by Stephanie Lynn Budin. I borrowed (thank God I didn't pay for it!) and read a copy of this book. I didn't know the expression "New Perspectives" was a code for "Vardaskan Propaganda". This letter is addressed to the author of this deplorable book. I was very disappointed by your work. You seem to be extremely ignorant of the Ancient Greek culture and history. I would even go as far as to call you the "Alan Dershowitz" of Greek history. It's sad that people like you and Dershowitz can "write" and publish books. Neither of you has the knowledge to teach or write books; to educate and/or inform people. I present here two examples of your ignorance and utter impotence to discuss Ancient Greek history. I. You mention in your book that : The Greeks had always thought of the Macedonians as northern barbarians (as opposed to the Persians, who were eastern barbarians). Actually, to the Athenians, the Macedonians were worse than barbarians if we are to believe Demosthenes, who claimed that Philip was “Not only not a Greek nor related to the Greeks, but not even a barbarian from a land worth mentioning. No! He is a pestilence from Macedonia, a region where you cannot even buy a slave worth his salt!” (Orations 9.31). ... To begin with, you fail to specify the meaning of the word "barbarian". I must assume you are not aware that the word did not always have an ethnic/racial meaning. Do some -serious- research and you will find out that Athenians called Spartans and Corinthians "barbarians" as well. To call someone barbarian was more an insult than a derogatory label with an ethnic/racial connotation. Next, you fail to place Demosthenes' speech into the actual historical context it occurred. When did the speech take place, where, and why? Obviously you do not have a clue. You offer no insight or detail in regards to Demosthenes' speech. Finally, Greece as a distinct and unified nation (Ethnos) did not exist before 1832 A.D. Ancient Greece was divided into city-states that had their own army and government; so even if some Athenians called the Macedonians barbarians that did not mean that other city-sates shared the same view. So, to say that all Greeks called Macedonians barbarians is simply a gross generalization. II. To make things worse you state that : Although Alexander himself was not Greek, and his father had conquered Greece by force, Macedonians liked to think of themselves as Greek—hence Alexander’s concern with how Greece had been treated by others. ... Sparta conquered Athens by force, with the help of the Persian Empire! Does that prove that Spartans were not Greeks? Your "logic" is fundamentally flawed. Once again your ignorance is obvious. It is well known that Macedonians and Spartans were both descendants of Dorians. Are the names Alexander and Phillip Greek or not? Do you know of a lot of kings that had foreign names? How many Persian Kings had Greek names? How come there is not even one document where the Macedonians express/state their disappointment or hate for Greece (Greece being, according to you, a hostile country that despised them so much)? Macedonians spoke Greek, their mythology, religion, philosophy, and culture were Greek and they were blood brothers with the Spartans, yet you somehow decided that they were not Greek. Why? Obviously because Demosthenes spoke against Philip! Please stop writing your tripe and focus on something you can actually do - maybe gardening or cooking. You are a disgrace to all scholars that have studied and written about Ancient Greece and especially the one and only Greek Macedonia. www.historyofmacedonia.wordpress.comshow more
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