Cyrene to Chaeronea: Selected Essays on Ancient Greek History

Cyrene to Chaeronea: Selected Essays on Ancient Greek History


By (author) George Cawkwell


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 494 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 218mm x 33mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 13 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199593280
  • ISBN 13: 9780199593286
  • Sales rank: 1,556,412

Product description

This selection of papers, by the distinguished historian of ancient Greece George Cawkwell, reflects a half-century of outstanding scholarship that is of immense value to anyone studying the ancient world today. The articles range from early Greek colonization in the sixth century BC, through the classical period and the wars with Persia, to the disastrous defeat of the Greeks by Philip II of Macedon at the battle of Chaeronea in 338 BC.

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Author information

George Cawkwell is Emeritus Fellow, University College, Oxford.

Review quote

Review from previous edition A thorough reassessment of traditionally held beliefs about Greek-Persian relations ... This work joins the serious works on Achaemenid history that scholars must consult. Matthew Walters, Journal of the American Oriental Society For Achaemenid specialists from a classical background, non-Greek material has an exotic allure - and a greater potential for producing genuinely new evidence. But critical understanding of the comparatively familiar can be just as challenging, and Cawkwell is a master of that art. Christopher Tuplin, Journal of Hellenic Studies ...[a] remarkable book, the work of a choice and master historian ... It is a book to be savoured, not read through fast at one go. The Classical Review a new book by one of the great figures of Greek history of the last half-century ... is not only highly readable but also provides bracing insights to any number of questions in Greek-Persian relations Thomas Harrison, Green and Rome The Greek Wars is the fruit of many decades' study - and it shows. Tom Holland, Times Literary Supplement ... revisionist history at its very best ... the most insightful and comprehensive analysis to date of Greek and Persian interaction John Marincola, Classical Journal

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Early colonisation ; 2. Early Greek tyranny and the people ; 3. Sparta and her allies in the sixth century ; 4. Cleomenes ; 5. The fall of Themistocles ; 6. NOMOPHYLAKIA and the Areopagus ; 7. Thucydides' judgment of Periclean strategy ; 8. The peace between Athens and Persia ; 9. The King's Peace ; 10. The foundation of the Second Athenian Confederacy ; 11. Notes on the failure of the Second Athenian Confederacy ; 12. Agesilaus and Sparta ; 13. The decline of Sparta ; 14. Epaminondas and Thebes ; 15. Eubulus ; 16. The decline of Olynthus ; 17. Athenian naval power in the fourth century ; 18. Orthodoxy and hoplites ; 19. The crowning of Demosthenes