The Greeks: An Introduction to Their Culture

The Greeks: An Introduction to Their Culture

Paperback Peoples of the Ancient World (Paperback)

By (author) Robin Sowerby

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 215mm x 15mm | 417g
  • Publication date: 1 November 1995
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 041512042X
  • ISBN 13: 9780415120425
  • Illustrations note: 35 illustrations, maps, charts, indexes
  • Sales rank: 1,589,457

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This work is an introductory survey of ancient Greek literature, history, philosophy and art from the age of Homer to the end of the classical period. It is a concise study that familiarizes the reader with all the crucial elements of ancient Greek civilization. Robin Sowerby draws on contemporary trends in scholarship, considering questions of method and discussing important issues in the social structure of ancient Greece, such as the position of slaves and of women. He includes an extensive bibliography that should assist the reader in further study. Written in an accessible style and illustrated with photographs and maps, this is a textbook for A-level classical civilization and first-year undergraduate courses. It should also seve as a guide to students of other disciplines, such as art, literature or history, who require a grounding in all aspects of Greek civilization.

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Table of contents

Chapter 1: The Homeric Poems Homer and History; The Iliad; The Odyssey; Homeric Ideals Chapter 2: History The City State before the Persian Wars; The Persian Wars; Herodotus; Democracy and imperialism - Periclean Athens; The Peloponnesian War; Thucydides; The Fourth Century Chapter 3: Literature Introduction; Tragedy - festivals and conventions; Aeschylus; Sophocles; Euripedes; Old Comedy - Arisophanes; Later Comedy; The Alexandrian age Chapter 4: Philosophy The Pre-Socratics; Socrates; Plato; Aristotle; Post-Aristotelians Chapter 5: Art Pottery and Painting; Architecture; Sculpture Illustrations Maps Chronological Chart Suggestions for further reading Index