A Companion to the Classical Greek World

A Companion to the Classical Greek World

Paperback Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World

Edited by Konrad H. Kinzl

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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Paperback | 632 pages
  • Dimensions: 172mm x 244mm x 36mm | 1,102g
  • Publication date: 19 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 1444334123
  • ISBN 13: 9781444334128
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 772,203

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This Companion provides scholarly yet accessible new interpretations of Greek history of the Classical period, from the aftermath of the Persian Wars in 478 B.C. to the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. Topics covered range from the political and institutional structures of Greek society, to literature, art, economics, society, warfare, geography and the environment Discusses the problems of interpreting the various sources for the period Guides the reader towards a broadly-based understanding of the history of the Classical Age

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Konrad H. Kinzl is Emeritus Professor of Ancient History at Trent University, Canada. He is editor of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean (1977), Die altere Tyrannis (1979), Problems and Method in Greek History (1988) and Demokratia (1995), as well as author of Miltiades-Forschungen (1968) and articles on archaic and classical Greek history and the sources.

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"This collection of material is especially valuable for the holistic approach it takes in assessing the world of the fifth and fourth centuries. The focus is not narrow or purely literary and artistic. Thus, chapters on the Aegean world, the natural habitat, and the geological basis of the Greek environment place Greek society, farming, and settlement in a context far more deeply rooted than any purely literary study." (Pheonix, 2009)

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"A Companion to the Classical Greek World" provides scholarly yet accessible new interpretations of Greek history of the Classical period, from the aftermath of the Persian Wars in 478 BCE to the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BCE. It ranges over a wide array of topics, including the environment, economy, society, government, warfare, and religion. It also includes a concise narrative overview of the period, and a thorough treatment of the sources, both written and material. The volume guides readers towards a broad understanding of the history of the Classical period. It is vital reading for any student of Greek history.

Table of contents

List of Illustrations. Notes on Contributors. Preface. Abbreviations and a Note on Spelling. Maps. 1. The Classical Age as a Historical Epoch ( Uwe Walter ). 2. The Literary Sources ( P. J. Rhodes ). 3. The Non-Literary Written Sources ( P. J. Rhodes ). 4. The Contribution of the Non-Written Sources ( Bjorn Forsen ). 5. Athens, Sparta and the Wider World ( Roger Brock ). 6. Aegean Greece ( Kai Brodersen ). 7. The Central and Northern Balkan Peninsula ( Zofia Halina Archibald ). 8. The Greek Cities of the Black Sea ( Stanley M. Burstein ). 9. Western Greece (Magna Graecia) ( Peter Funke ). 10. Beyond Magna Graecia: Greeks and Non-Greeks in France, Spain and Italy ( Kathryn Lomas ). 11. The Eastern Mediterranean and Beyond: The Relations between the Worlds of the "Greek" and "Non-Greek" Civilizations ( Robert Rollinger ). 12. The Natural Environment ( J. Donald Hughes ). 13. Environments and Landscapes of Greek Culture ( Lin Foxhall ). 14. The Economic Realities ( G. J. Oliver ). 15. Religious Practice and Belief ( Emily Kearns ). 16. Citizens, Foreigners and Slaves in Greek Society ( Nick Fisher ). 17. Women and Ethnicity in Classical Greece. Changing the Paradigms ( Sarah B. Pomeroy ). 18. Greek Government ( Lynette G. Mitchell ). 19. Democracy ( Kurt A. Raaflaub ). 20. Law and Rhetoric: Community Justice in Athenian Courts ( Robert W. Wallace ). 21. The Organization of Knowledge ( Susan Prince ). 22. From Classical to Hellenistic Art ( Steven Lattimore ). 23. Warfare in the Classical Age ( John W. I. Lee ). 24. The Greek World, 478-432 ( Thomas Harrison ). 25. The Peloponnesian War and its Aftermath (432-371) ( Karl-Wilhelm Welwei ). 26. The Greek World, 371-336 ( Bruce Laforse ). 27. The Conquests of Alexander the Great (336-323) ( Waldemar Heckel ).