Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece : A Political, Social and Cultural History

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The book introduces readers to the history and civilization of ancient Greece in all its complexity and variety, from its first beginnings in the Bronze Age (c. 3000 BC) through the Hellenistic Era (c. 150 BC). Employing a truly balanced approach to history - integrating its political, military, social and cultural aspects - the authors show how the early Greeks borrowed from their neighbours but eventually developed a distinctive culture all their own marked by astonishing creative, versatility, and resilience. They go on to trace the complex and surprising evolution of Greek civilization to its eventual dissolution as it merged with a variety of other cultures. Using the physical evidence of archaeology, the written testimony of literary texts and inscriptions, and anthropological models based on comparative studies, this book provides an account of the Greek world that is thoughtful and sophisticated while remaining accessible to readers who know little or nothing about Greece. The four renowned authors of this book, whose interests range from the study of women in the ancient world to military and diplomatic history, have produced a lively, up-to-date and balanced account of rich more

Product details

  • Paperback | 542 pages
  • 185.42 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 907.18g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 82 halftones, 15 line drawings, 17 maps
  • 0195097432
  • 9780195097436
  • 1,642,764

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Covering an enormous sweep of time - almost 10,000 years, if you count the treatment of the Bronze Age - this is perhaps the most satisfactory book to possess if you want a straightforward history of Greek art, politics and social development. The narrative is interspersed with illuminating commentary from past historians and writers such as Aeschylus, Thucydides and Xenophon - men who laid the very foundations of the art of Western literature. What is unfortunately lacking is a single driving authorial personality. Although each author is a distinguished historian, this book, while enormously thorough and informative, is one to inform rather than inspire. (Kirkus UK)show more

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"Ancient Greece is an excellent text. The authors' shared opinion that ancient Greece is 'one of the most improbable success stories in all of world history' unfolds in a happy combination of the traditional detail of familiar names and events along with a tale of the nameless many--even slaves, women, children, and non-Greeks." --Carol Thomas, Professor of History, University of Washington and President of the Association of Ancient Historians"My students and I have been waiting for such a clear and fluid reconstruction of Greek history--an unusually smooth blend of political, social, and cultural history. By authors widely recognized for their commitment to teaching as well as scholarship, this work has many strengths and pedagogical virtues." --Donald G. Kyle, Professor of History, University of Texas at Arlingtonshow more

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