Readings in Greek History

Readings in Greek History : Sources and Interpretations

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An ideal reader for courses in Greek history, Greek civilization, and Western civilization, this comprehensive collection of more than 180 historical source documents covers major aspects of Greek civilization from the Archaic Age through the end of the Hellenistic Period. Featuring a diverse and extensive array of selections from the works of major authors, Readings in Greek History: Sources and Interpretations, Second Edition, offers balanced coverage of political, social, cultural, intellectual, economic, and technological developments in Greek life. It provides selections drawn from historical, philosophical, and oratorical Greek literary texts and from documentary sources, including inscriptions and papyri. The book is organized chronologically but also addresses various themes throughout, including religion, war, and gender relations. It is enhanced by substantial introductions to each chapter and selection and more than thirty photographs, images, and maps. NEW TO THIS EDITION: * New readings on the Bronze Age, religion in the Archaic and Classical periods, Athenian democracy, and Roman relations with the Greeks * An improved design featuring expanded headnotes and source documentation * A revised illustration program and new maps * A new Introduction and a new Timelineshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 190.5 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 589.67g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • black & white illustrations, maps, figures
  • 019997845X
  • 9780199978458
  • 1,350,608

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"Readings in Greek History offers a diverse selection of translated ancient material with clear introductory sections that help students properly contextualize and fully understand the selected ancient texts."--Nikolaos Lazaridis, California State University, Sacramento"This sourcebook has a demonstrated track record of success in providing digestible portions of ancient Greek source material to undergraduates."--Giovanni Ruffini, Fairfield University"Especially in regard to length and price, this reader is without a rival."--Vasiliki Kostopoulou, University of Iowa"A very complete and detailed collection of key primary sources, prefaced in a clear and illuminating manner, drawing attention to the wide variety of ways in which we can know the Ancient Greeks."--Lorraine Attreed, College of the Holy Crossshow more

Table of contents

*=NEW TO THIS EDITION ; 1. EARLY GREECE: FROM THE BRONZE AGE TO THE ORIGIN AND SPREAD OF THE POLIS SYSTEM ; A. GREECE IN THE SECOND MILLENNIUM B.C. ; B. GREEK DEFINITIONS OF THE POLIS ; C. GREEK LIFE IN THE EIGHTH CENTURY B.C. ; D. COLONIZATION AND THE EXPANSION OF THE POLIS SYSTEM: THE CASE OF CYRENE ; E. GREEKS AND NON-GREEKS IN THE GREEK COLONIES: THE FOUNDATION OF LAMPSACUS ; F. GREEKS AND SCYTHIANS IN THE BLACK SEA: COEXISTENCE AND INTERACTION ; G. THE ARISTOCRATIC WARRIOR ; H. THE HOPLITE REVOLUTION AND THE CITIZEN SOLDIER ; I. THE HOPLITE POLIS: SPARTA ; J. THE ROLE OF ATHLETICS ; 2. THE RISE AND FALL OF THE GREEK ARISTOCRACY IN THE ARCHAIC PERIOD ; * A. RELIGION IN ARISTOCRATIC GREECE ; B. ARISTOCRATIC PRIVILEGE ; C. ASPECTS OF ARISTOCRATIC LIFE AT ITS PEAK ; D. HEROIC ATHLETICS: THE CHARIOT RACE AT PATROCLUS' FUNERAL GAMES ; E. THE ARISTOCRACY AND ITS INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS ; F. THE CRISIS OF THE ARISTOCRACY ; 3. THE PERSIAN WARS ; A. THE PERSIAN EMPIRE ; B. THE PERSIAN WARS ; C. THE SECOND PERSIAN INVASION OF 480 B.C. ; 4. LIFE IN THE POLIS ; A. THE HOUSEHOLD: FAMILY RELATIONS ; B. HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT ; C. SLAVES AND SLAVERY ; D. THE POLIS AND THE HOUSEHOLD ; E. RELIGION IN THE CLASSICAL POLIS ; F. WAR AND WARFARE IN THE POLIS ; G. THE PLACE OF WARFARE IN THE POLIS: SOME PHILOSOPHICAL REFLECTIONS ; 5. THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR AND THE MILITARY REVOLUTION ; A. THE RISE OF ATHENS ; B. THE DELIAN LEAGUE ; C. THE ATHENIAN EMPIRE ; D. OPPOSITION TO THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR AT ATHENS ; E. DEFEAT AND HARD TIMES: ATHENS AFTER THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR ; F. THE MILITARY REVOLUTION ; 6. INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CLASSICAL AGE: THE PHYSIS/NOMOS DEBATE ; A. THE CONVENTIONALIST ARGUMENT ; B. THE NATURALIST ARGUMENT ; C. THE THREAT OF SOCRATES ; D. SOCRATES' DEFENSE: "I SHALL OBEY GOD RATHER THAN YOU" ; E. DIOGENES THE CYNIC ; 7. THE FOURTH CENTURY ; A. THE DECLINE AND FALL OF SPARTA ; B. THE CRISIS OF THE POLIS IN FOURTH-CENTURY B.C. GREECE ; C. THE PERIPHERY OF THE GREEK WORLD ; D. PHILIP II AND THE EMERGENCE OF MACEDON ; E. THE REIGN OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT: ALEXANDER AND THE GREEKS ; F. ALEXANDER AND EGYPT ; G. ALEXANDER AND THE NON-GREEKS ; H. THE CHALLENGES OF ALEXANDER ; I. WHAT WAS ALEXANDER? SAINT OR DEMON? ; 8. THE HELLENISTIC AGE ; A. A NEW WORLD ; B. ALEXANDRIA AND THE COLONIAL WORLD OF HELLENISTIC EGYPT ; C. CULTURAL CONTACT: PTOLEMAIC EGYPT ; D. CULTURAL CONTACT: BACTRIA AND INDIA ; E. CULTURE CLASH: JEWISH RESISTANCE TO HELLENISM ; F. JEWISH LIFE IN THE DIASPORA ; G. OPPORTUNITIES AND SOCIAL ROLES IN THE HELLENISTIC PERIOD ; H. THE COMING OF ROMEshow more