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The story of the ancient Greeks is one of the most improbable success stories in world history. A small people inhabiting a country poor in resources and divided into hundreds of quarreling states created one of the most remarkable civilizations of antiquity. Comprehensive and balanced, A Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture, Second Edition, is a shorter version of the authors' highly successful Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History, Second Edition (OUP, 2007). Four leading authorities on the classical world offer a lively and up-to-date account of Greek civilization and history in all its complexity and variety, covering the entire period from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Era, and integrating the most recent research in archaeology, comparative anthropology, and social history. Using physical evidence from archaeology, the written testimony of literary texts and inscriptions, and anthropological models based on comparative studies, this compact volume provides an account of the Greek world that is thoughtful and sophisticated yet accessible to students and general readers with little or no knowledge of Greece. A Brief History of Ancient Greece, Second Edition, is concise enough to be used alongside other books in courses in Greek Civilization, Greek and Roman Civilization, Ancient Greece, or Western Civilization. It is enhanced by text boxes featuring excerpts from ancient documents, an extensive glossary, and a timeline and general introduction that provide a bird's-eye view of Greek history. New to the Second Edition * New sections on childhood and on marriage and burial rituals * An expanded treatment of religion * A revised art program that includes a new 8-page full-color photo insert, 125 black-and-white photographs and illustrations, and 17 new and improved custom-drawn maps * Key terms--in boldface type when they first appear in the text and listed at the end of each chapter * Selective, up-to-date recommendations for further reading * A companion website featuring student self-quizzes, discussion questions, flashcards of key terms, chapter summaries, a pronunciation guide, links to useful websites, and PowerPoint lecture outlines
Jennifer Tolbert Roberts is Professor of Classics and History at City College and City University of New York Graduate Center.
Table of Contents
|List of Maps|
|Sources: How We Know About the Ancient Greeks|
|Retrieving the Past: The Material Record|
|Retrieving the Past: The Written Record|
|A Synoposis of Written Sources by Periods|
|The Physical Context: The Land of Greece|
|Early Greece and the Bronze Age|
|Greece in the Stone Ages|
|Greece in the Early and Middle Bronze Ages (c. 3000-1600 bc)|
|Greece and the Aegean in the Late Bronze Age (c. 1600-1150 bc)|
|The "Dark Age" of Greece and the Eighth-Century "Renaissance" (c. 1200-700 bc)|
|Decline and Recovery (c. 1200-900 bc)|
|Revival (c. 900-750 bc)|
|The End of the Dark Age|
|Archaic Greece (c. 700-480 bc)|
|The Formation of the City-State (Polis)|
|Government in the Early City-States|
|The Colonizing Movement|
|Economic and Social Divisions in the Archaic Poleis|
|Hesiod: A View from Below|
|The Hoplite Army|
|The Archaic Age Tyrants|
|The Arts and Sciences|
|Relations Among States|
|The Dark Age and the Archaic Period|
|The Spartan System|
|Demography and the Spartan Economy|
|The Peloponnesian League|
|Historical Change in Sparta|
|The Spartan Mirage|
|The Growth of Athens and the Persian Wars|
|Athens from the Bronze Age to the Early Archaic Age|
|The Reforms of Solon|
|Peisistratus and His Sons|
|The Reforms of Cleisthenes|
|The Rise of Persia|
|The Wars Between Greece and Persia|
|The Rivalries of the Greek City-States and the Growth of Athenian Democracy|
|The Aftermath of the Persian Wars and the Foundation of a New League|
|New Developments in Athens and Sparta|
|The "First" (Undeclared) Peloponnesian War (460-445 bc)|
|Pericles and the Growth of Athenian Democracy|
|Literature and Art|
|Oikos and Polis|
|The Greek Economy|
|Greek Life and Culture in the Fifth Century|
|Greece After the Thirty Years' Peace|
|The Physical Space of the Polis: Athens in the Fifth Century|
|Intellectual Life in Fifth-Century Greece|
|Historical and Dramatic Literature of the Fifth Century|
|Currents in Greek Thought and Education|
|The Breakdown of the Peace|
|Resources for War|
|The Peloponnesian War|
|The Archidamian War (431-421 bc)|
|The Rise of Comedy|
|Between Peace and War|
|The Invasion of Sicily (415-413 bc)|
|The War in the Aegean and the Oligarchic Coup at Athens (413-411 bc)|
|The Last Years of War (407-404 bc)|
|The Fourth Century: Changing Ideas, Continuing Warfare|
|Oligarchy at Athens: The Thirty Tyrants|
|The Trial of Socrates (399 bc)|
|The Fourth Century: Changing Ideas, Continuing Warfare|
|Law and Democracy in Athens|
|The Fourth-Century Polis|
|Philosophy and the Polis|
|Phillip II and the Rise of Macedon|
|Macedonian Society and Kingship|
|The Reign of Philip II|
|Philip's Plans for Greece|
|Alexander the Great|
|From Issus to Egypt: Conquest of the Eastern Mediterranean (332-331 bc)|
|From Alexandria to Persepolis: The King of Asia (331-330 bc)|
|The High Road to India: Alexander in Central AsiaIndia and the End of the Dream|
|Return to the West|
|The Achievements of Alexander|
|The New World of the Hellenistic Period|
|The Struggle for the Succession|
|The Regency of Perdiccas|
|The Primacy of Antigonus the One-Eyed|
|Birth Pangs of the New Order (301-276 bc)|
|The Polis in the Hellenistic World|
|The Macedonian Kingdoms|
|Alexandria and Hellenistic Culture|
|Social Relations in the Hellenistic World|
|Art and Illustration Credits|
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