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A Brief History of Ancient Greece

Politics, Society, and Culture

Third Edition

Sarah B. Pomeroy, Stanley M. Burstein, Walter Donlan, Jennifer Tolbert Roberts, and David Tandy

Publication Date - November 2013

ISBN: 9780199981557

416 pages
Paperback
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $49.95

The most balanced coverage of political, military, social, cultural, and economic history

Description

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.

FEATURES

* 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

New to this Edition

  • Coverage of archaic and Dark Ages Greece has been significantly revised
  • Art program now includes 8-page color insert.

About the Author(s)

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 Research Fellow in Classics at the University of Leeds, UK.

Previous Publication Date(s)

December 2008
January 2004

Reviews

"Authoritative, clear, and coherent. The authors' prose is mercifully free of jargon, engaging, and moves steadily forward. An excellent textbook for a one-semester survey of Greek history."--Lawrence Okamura, University of Missouri-Columbia

"An excellent and affordable textbook."--Andrew Nichols, University of Florida

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