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The Greeks: An Introduction to their Culture

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This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 6/26/2009.
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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.

Author Biography

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 tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xiv
The Homeric Worldp. 1
Bronze Age Greecep. 1
Minoanp. 1
Mycenaeanp. 4
Homer and historyp. 7
The Iliadp. 11
The Odysseyp. 18
Homeric ideals: civilized social livingp. 22
Homeric ideals: poetry and artp. 24
The Greek love of beauty and Homer's stylep. 26
Historyp. 30
The main historical sourcesp. 30
The city state before the Persian Warsp. 42
The Persian Warsp. 48
Democracy and empire: Periclean Athensp. 52
The Peloponnesian Warp. 58
Spartan hegemony and the Second Athenian Leaguep. 61
The rise of Phillip of Macedonp. 62
The opposition of Demosthenesp. 63
Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic agep. 67
Religion and Social Lifep. 71
Religionp. 71
The householdp. 82
Womenp. 83
Slavesp. 87
The gymnasiump. 90
Gamesp. 94
The symposiump. 96
Homosexualityp. 98
Literaturep. 103
Introductionp. 103
Tragedy: festivals and conventionsp. 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 comedyp. 131
Oratory and prosep. 132
Hellenistic literature: Alexandrianismp. 139
Philosophyp. 142
The Presocraticsp. 142
Socrates (469-399) and the sophistsp. 144
Plato (c. 427-347)p. 151
Aristotle (384-322)p. 158
Hellenistic philosophy: post-Aristoteliansp. 164
Artp. 169
Geometric beginningsp. 170
The Archaic periodp. 172
The Classical periodp. 179
The Hellenistic periodp. 207
Appendicesp. 220
Chronological tablep. 220
List of translations cited in the textp. 226
Glossaryp. 229
Suggestions for further readingp. 233
Indexp. 237
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