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The Greeks has provided a concise yet wide-ranging introduction to the culture of ancient Greece since its first publication. This new and expanded edition of the best selling volume covers literature, drama, philosophy, art and architecture, and provides political, social and historical context. It includes new material on religion, as well as more illustration, maps, and a new glossary.
Robin Sowerby is Senior Lecturer of English Studies at the University of Stirling, Scotland. His research interests centre on the classical tradition. He has written introductory studies of the major classical epics and is the author of The Augustan Art of Poetry (2006) and The Classical Legacy in Renaissance Poetry (1994).
Table of Contents
|List of figures and tables||p. ix|
|The Homeric World||p. 1|
|Bronze Age Greece||p. 1|
|Homer and history||p. 7|
|The Iliad||p. 11|
|The Odyssey||p. 18|
|Homeric ideals: civilized social living||p. 22|
|Homeric ideals: poetry and art||p. 24|
|The Greek love of beauty and Homer's style||p. 26|
|The main historical sources||p. 30|
|The city state before the Persian Wars||p. 42|
|The Persian Wars||p. 48|
|Democracy and empire: Periclean Athens||p. 52|
|The Peloponnesian War||p. 58|
|Spartan hegemony and the Second Athenian League||p. 61|
|The rise of Phillip of Macedon||p. 62|
|The opposition of Demosthenes||p. 63|
|Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic age||p. 67|
|Religion and Social Life||p. 71|
|The household||p. 82|
|The gymnasium||p. 90|
|The symposium||p. 96|
|Tragedy: festivals and conventions||p. 108|
|Aeschylus (525-456)||p. 113|
|Sophocles (c. 496-406)||p. 117|
|Euripides (c. 485-406)||p. 122|
|Old Comedy: Aristophanes (c. 450-c. 385)||p. 126|
|Later comedy||p. 131|
|Oratory and prose||p. 132|
|Hellenistic literature: Alexandrianism||p. 139|
|The Presocratics||p. 142|
|Socrates (469-399) and the sophists||p. 144|
|Plato (c. 427-347)||p. 151|
|Aristotle (384-322)||p. 158|
|Hellenistic philosophy: post-Aristotelians||p. 164|
|Geometric beginnings||p. 170|
|The Archaic period||p. 172|
|The Classical period||p. 179|
|The Hellenistic period||p. 207|
|Chronological table||p. 220|
|List of translations cited in the text||p. 226|
|Suggestions for further reading||p. 233|
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