A History of Greece

A History of Greece

Paperback Cambridge Library Collection: Classics

By (author) George Grote

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  • Format: Paperback | 652 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 33mm | 739g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 1108009514
  • ISBN 13: 9781108009515
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 2 maps

Product description

Widely acknowledged as the most authoritative Victorian study of ancient Greece, George Grote's twelve-volume work, begun in 1846, established the view of Greek history which still prevails in textbooks and popular accounts of the ancient world today. Grote employs direct and clear language to take the reader from the earliest times of legendary Greece to the death of Alexander and his generation, drawing upon epic poetry and legend, and examining the growth and decline of the Athenian democracy. The work explains Greek political constitutions and philosophy, and interwoven throughout are the important but outlying adventures of the Sicilian and Italian Greeks. Volume 2 continues with the legendary age of the Greeks, paying special attention to the Iliad and Odyssey, and begins the story of historical Greece, setting the geographical and chronological coordinates and introducing the reader to the world of the Peloponnesus.

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Table of contents

Part I. Legendary Greece (cont.): 18. Closing events of legendary Greece; 19. Application of chronology to Grecian legend; 20. State of society and manners as exhibited in Grecian legend; 21. Grecian epic - Homeric poems; Part II. Historical Greece: 1. General geography and limits of Greece; 2. The Hellenic people generally in the early historical times; 3. Members of the Hellenic aggregate, separately taken; 4. Earliest historical view of the Peloponnesus; 5. Aetolo-Dorian immigration into Peloponnesus; 6. Laws and discipline of Lycurgus at Sparta; 7. First and Second Messenian Wars; 8. Conquests of Sparta towards Arcadia and Argolis.