The Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece

The Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece

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From the Battle of Marathon to the Minotaur, from the Acropolis to Aristotle, from Theseus to the Theban hegemony, from slavery to Sparta, The Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece is a fascinating fully illustrated reference work, spanning both political history, society, wars, art, architecture, culture, philosophy and mythology.
Covering the founding of the Minoan civilization on Crete in the 3rd millennium BCE, Mycenaean Greece in the 2nd millennium, the Greek Dark Ages and the heights of Athenian civilization in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE, the book expertly examines a wide range of aspects of the civilization that is considered to be the foundation of Western culture. Thousands of years later we can easily identify the influences of ancient Greece in modern politics, society and architecture, its mythical tales are still recounted and their patterns can be spotted throughout modern literature, television and film.
Featuring more than 400 colour photographs and artworks, The Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece is an accessibly written exploration, reaching from siege warfare to Socrates, public sacrifice to public festivals to the Peloponnesian War.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 225 x 285 x 32mm | 1,710g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 400 photos and artworks; 400 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1782746951
  • 9781782746959
  • 927,288

Table of contents


Crete and Mycenae
Minoan civilization
The palace at Knossos
Minoan religion
The Great Fortress of Mycenae
Tomb of Agamemnon
Pre-alphabetic Writings: Linear A;
Linear B; Tablets and Symbols
The location of Troy - Heinrich Schliemann
The Trojan horse
The Dark Ages to the Rise of the Polis
The Dark Ages
Homeric society
the Iliad and the Odyssey
New Burial Customs The Polis
Evolution of temples
The Gods
The Principal Gods of the Olympic Pantheon
Aristocrats and Tyranny
The symposium
The Lelantine War
Eretria and Chalcis
The hoplites
The age of tyrants
The legislators
The Olympic Games
The Greek Colonies
The Argonauts
The return to the seas
Ships of the Great Colonization
Alphabetic Writing and Greek letters
Magna Graecia
Greek Expansion in the Mediterranean
The Iberian Peninsula and the Black Sea
Archaic Coins
Athens and Sparta
Sparta society
The laws of Lycurgus
Spartan votive offerings
Slaves, Citizens and Social Class
Athens under the tyrant Peisistratos
Solon and Greek Institutions
Political Life
Dawn of Democracy
Oracle of Delphi
Consolidation of Democracy
Myth and Propaganda
The Triumph of the Demos
The overthrow of tyranny

The Dawn of Democracy
The Athenian Century
The Gortyn code
The oracle of Delphi
Cleisthenes and the Alcmaeonidae
A new political system
Consolidating democracy
Pisistratus, Hippias, and Hipparchus
The assassination of Hipparchus
Athenian courts and politics
The Greek Identity
Herodotus's Histories
Herodotus, Geographical Knowledge, and the Greek Perception of the World
Ionia, Phyrgia, and Lydia
Thrace: Treasures, Myths, and Warriors
The Persian Empire
King Darius
Greece against oriental despotism
The Acropolis and the Parthenon

The Persian Wars
The battlefields of the Greco-Persian War
The first Persian campaign
The battle of Marathon
The second Persian campaign
The battle of Thermopylae
The Spartan Hoplites
Battle of Salamis
The Greek Trireme
Athens and the politicizing of the sea
The city in the classical era
Democracy and Citizens
The 'polis' and citizen identity
Political participation
The Athenian enlightenment
Politics and religion in Athens
Literature and the city
Theatre, democracy, and society
Athenian Hegemony
The estrangement of Sparta and Athens
Athenian expansion
Cimon and Pericles
The theory and criticism of democracy
Towards the crisis of democracy
Slaves in classical Greek society

The Start of Hostilities
The long walls of Athens
Clashes with Sparta
The First Peloponnesian War
Decline of the Athenian Empire
Ionians versus Dorians
The three ages of Athenian citizens
Primitive siege techniques
The invasion of Plataea
Ritual in the Spartan army
The Endless Conflict
The end of Pericles
Main theatres of the Peloponnesian War
Plataea and Mytilene
Warrior of the Greek armies
Delium and Amphipolis
The Battle of Delium
Peace of Nicias
An Armed Intermediate
The battle of Mantinea
End of the false peace
Sicily and the defeat of Athens
Spartan Victory
The reappearance of Alcibiades
Revolution in Athens
Aristotle and the Greek political regimes
The war moves to the Hellespont
The end of the war
Classical Greek sculpture
Social Crisis in Sparta
I Fight for Hegemony
The great battle of Coronea
From war to peace of the king
The battle of Leuctra
The second battle of Mantinea
The end of the Polis
Sicily against Carthage
The confrontations with cartago
The tomb of the swimmer
The formation of Greek citizens
The Evolution of Athens
Isocrates and the second league
The great Athenian mansions
The social war
The Macedonian threat
Timelines Index
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About Carlos Gomez

Carlos Gomez is an established writer and editor specializing in history and has worked on a number of titles on the ancient world. He has worked in publishing for many years and is currently enjoying retirement.
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