A Brief History of Ancient Greece Politics, Society, and Culture

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2008-12-16
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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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

Author Biography

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
Time Line
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)
Homeric Society
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
Panhellenic Institutions
Relations Among States
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
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
Early Macedon
Macedonian Society and Kingship
The Reign of Philip II
Philip's Plans for Greece
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 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
Hellenistic Society
Alexandria and Hellenistic Culture
Social Relations in the Hellenistic World
Art and Illustration Credits
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