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Greek History

Greek History

Paperback Classical Foundations

By (author) Robin Osborne

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 4mm | 212g
  • Publication date: 6 July 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415317185
  • ISBN 13: 9780415317184
  • Illustrations note: 2 black & white illustrations, 3 black & white tables, 1 black & white line drawings
  • Sales rank: 564,676

Product description

Robin Osborne's energetic and lively guidebook is the ideal introduction to the study of ancient Greece, from the end of the Bronze Age (c.1200BC) to the Roman conquest in the second century BC. Covering all the most important topics in the study of the Greek past, it also explores the cultural, political, demographic and economic approaches to Greek history that students will encounter. Professor Osborne sheds light on the full possibilities - and problems - of working with the surviving evidence, by giving examples from archaeological and art historical sources as well as written texts. The book includes a clear and helpful guide to further reading. It is an excellent starting point for those who want to take their studies further.

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Robin Osborne is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King's College Cambridge. His books include Greece in the Making c. 1200-479 BC, Archaic and Classical Greek Art and with P.J.L Rhodes, Greek Historical Inscriptions 404-323 BC.

Review quote

'Immensely lucid ... it offers a very clear guide.' - The Anglo-Hellenic Review

Table of contents

Introduction 1. Familiar but Exotic: Why Greece needs History 2. Inventing the Greek Polis 3. How many Greeks were there and How did Any of Them Survive? 4. Law, Tyranny and the Invention of Politics 5. Making Enemies 6. The City of Freedom and Oppression 7. The Unity and Diversity of the Greek City 8. Was Alexander the End of Greek History?