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Written by five leading authorities on the classical world, A Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture, Third Edition, is a shorter version of the authors' highly successful Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History, Third Edition (OUP, 2011). It offers a captivating account of Greek civilization and history in all its complexity and variety, covering the entire period from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Era.
* New! Extensively revised coverage of early Greece by new coauthor David Tandy
* New! Expanded discussions of military history and archaeology
* New! A revised art program, featuring two eight-page color inserts (one new)
* Uniquely in-depth coverage of social and cultural topics including women and family life, material culture, religion, law, homosexuality, slavery, athletics, and life in the countryside
* Excerpts from ancient documents, selective recommendations for further reading, and a timeline and general introduction that provide a bird's-eye view of Greek history
* Key terms (boldfaced at their first appearance) and an extensive glossary
* An updated Companion Website (coming soon) with a wealth of resources for students and instructors
Sarah B. Pomeroy is Distinguished Professor of Classics and History Emerita at Hunter College and The City University of New York Graduate Center.
Stanley M. Burstein is Professor of History Emeritus at California State University, Los Angeles.
The late Walter Donlan was Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine.
Jennifer Tolbert Roberts is Professor of Classics and History at City College and The City University of New York Graduate Center.
David W. Tandy is Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Table of Contents
List of Maps Translations Used by Permission Preface Timeline INTRODUCTION Sources: How We Know about the Ancient Greeks Retrieving the Past: The Material Record Retrieving the Past: The Written Record A Synopsis of Written Sources by Periods The Physical Context: The Land of Greece I. 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. 1600-1200 BC) II. THE "DARK AGE" OF GREECE AND THE EIGHTH-CENTURY "RENAISSANCE" (c. 1200-750/700 BC) Decline and Recovery (c. 1200-900 BC) Revival (c. 900-750 BC) Homeric Society The End of the Dark Age (c. 750-700 BC) III. ARCHAIC GREECE (c. 750/700-480 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: The View from Below The Hoplite Army The Archaic Age Tyrants The Arts and Sciences Panhellenic Institutions Relations Among States IV. SPARTA The Dark Age and the Archaic Period The Spartan System Demography and the Spartan Economy Spartan Government The Peloponnesian League Historical Change in Sparta The Spartan Mirage V. THE GROWTH OF ATHENS AND THE PERSIAN WARS Athens from the Bronze Age to the Early Archaic Age The Reforms of Solon Pisistratus and His Sons The Reforms of Cleisthenes The Rise of Persia The Wars Between Greece and Persia VI. THE RIVALRIES OF THE GREEK CITY-STATES AND THE GROWTH OF ATHENIAN DEMOCRACY The Aftermath of the Persian Invasions 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 VII. GREECE 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 VIII. 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) IX. 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 X. PHILLIP II AND THE RISE OF MACEDON Early Macedon Macedonian Society and Kingship The Reign of Philip II Philip's Plans for Greece XI. ALEXANDER THE GREAT Consolidating Power 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 Asia India and the End of the Dream Return to the West The Achievements of Alexander XII. 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 Hellenistic Society Alexandria and Hellenistic Culture Social Relations in the Hellenistic World Epilogue Glossary Art and Illustration Credits Index