A History of Greece

A History of Greece : From the Time of Solon to 403 BC

By (author) George Grote , Volume editor M.O.B. Caspari , Volume editor J. M. Mitchell , Introduction by Paul Cartledge

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Grote's History of Greece is one of the classic works of historical interpretation and scholarship. George Grote - banker, MP and a founder of London University - was the first historian to give a high value to the Greek creation of democracy, and this aspect of his work is closely relevant to current debates about democracy in our times. This abridgement of the original twelve volume work, which was made in the early years of the century and published by George Routledge and sons, is now available again and makes accessible the essential Grote. In a new and original introduction, based on the latest research into Grote and into Greek history, Paul Cartledge places Grote's history in its intellectual context, discusses its salient features and traces its subsequent reception over the past century and a half.

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  • Hardback | 1016 pages
  • 164.3 x 248.9 x 56.1mm | 1,478.73g
  • 19 Oct 2000
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0415223695
  • 9780415223690

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Paul Cartledge is a reader in Greek History in the University of Cambridge. He is the author of numerous books, articles and reviews on all aspects of ancient Greek History, including The Greeks. A Portrait of Self and Others

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'George Grote was one of the most remarkable minds of the early Victorian age Routledge's reissue prefaced with an illuminating new introduction by Paul Cartledge, provides the best chance that there is likely to be of bringing him to a modern readership.' - Richard Jenkins, London Review of Books

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George Grote -- banker, MP, a founder of London University -- was a Victorian hero, accorded the final honour of burial in Westminster Abbey. But for historians of ancient Greece and students of ancient Greek philosophy, he is not merely a dead hero of the past but the living author of two multi-volume works that are still required reading more than a century later -- A History of Greece from the Earliest Period to the Close of the Generation Contemporary with Alexander the Great and Plato and Other Companions of Sokrates.In a new and original introduction, based on the latest research into both Grote and the relevant period of ancient Greek history, Paul Cartledge places Grote's History in its intellectual background, discusses its salient features and traces its subsequent reception over the past century and a half.This new edition makes accessible once again a large chunk of essential Grote. A History of Greece is both one of the greatest modern works of historical interpretation and scholarship, and a work with immediate contemporary relevance to ongoing debates over democracy in our own times.

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George Grote was the author of two multi-volume works that are still required reading more than a century after their first appearance -- A History of Greece from the Earliest Period to the Close of the Generation Contemporary with Alexander the Great and Plato and Other Companions of Sokrates.The earlier of the two, the History of Greece, was originally published in twelve volumes from 1846 to 1856. From this enormous and prodigiously learned work, J.M. Mitchell and M.O.B. Caspari made a generous and usefully annotated selection in 1907. This was deliberately focused so as to bring out one of Grote's great pioneering themes: the rise and flowering of the world's first democracy at Athens during the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. Indeed, it was Grote who rescued the Athenian democracy from the condescension of a mostly highly critical posterity.In a new and original introduction to the Mitchell and Caspari selection, based on the latest research into both Grote and the relevant period of ancient Greek history, Paul Cartledge places Grote's History in its intellectual background, discusses its salient features and traces its subsequent reception over the past century and a half -- from J.S. Mill to Arnaldo Momigliano and beyond.

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