Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece

A History in Eleven Cities

Book - 2009
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The contribution of the Ancient Greeks to modern western culture is incalculable. In the worlds of art, architecture, myth, literature, and philosophy, the world we live in would be unrecognizably different without the formative influence of Ancient Greek models. Ancient Greek civilization was defined by the city - in Greek, the polis, from which we derive 'politics'. It is above all this feature of Greek civilization that has formed its most enduring legacy, spawning such key terms as aristocracy, oligarchy, tyranny and - last but by no means least -democracy. This highly stimulating introduction to Ancient Greece takes the polis as its starting point. Paul Cartledge uses the history of eleven major Greek cities to illuminate the most important and informative themes in Ancient Greek history, from the first documented use of the Greek language around 1400BCE, through the glories of the Classical and Hellenistic periods, to the foundation of the Byzantine empire in around CE 330. Covering everything from politics, trade, and travel to slavery, gender, religion, and philosophy, it provides the ideal concise introduction to the history and culture ofthis remarkable civilization that helped give birth to the world as we know it.
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
ISBN: 9780199233380
Branch Call Number: 938 CARTLED
Characteristics: xv, 261 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.


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Aw_19 Mar 12, 2016

I liked the author's previous book on Thermopylae. This one, however, is a different matter. I just found it very difficult to get into and gave up after the first few chapters. It's just not very engaging.

Feb 09, 2010

you have to be a really serious student of Greek history to appreciate this book


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