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Creators, Conquerors, and Citizens

A History of Ancient Greece

Robin Waterfield

July 2020

ISBN: 9780198853121

544 pages
Paperback
216x135mm

In Stock

Price: £14.99

A fascinating, accessible, and up-to-date history of the Ancient Greeks. Covering the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods, and centred around the disunity of the Greeks, their underlying cultural unity, and their eventual political unification.

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A fascinating, accessible, and up-to-date history of the Ancient Greeks. Covering the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods, and centred around the disunity of the Greeks, their underlying cultural unity, and their eventual political unification.

  • An exciting and rich narrative account of the cradle of Western civilisation
  • Highlights the key achievements of the Greeks, including the birth of democracy, tragedy, philosophy, and science
  • Engaging and comprehensive, provides more detail and a larger chronological scope than most general histories of ancient Greece

About the Author(s)

Robin Waterfield, Writer and translator

Robin Waterfield is an independent scholar, living in southern Greece. In addition to more than twenty-five translations of works of Greek literature, he is the author of numerous books, most recently Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great's Empire (2011) and Taken at the Flood: The Roman Conquest of Greece (2014), also published by Oxford University Press.

Table of Contents

    Preface and Acknowledgements
    List of Illustrations
    List of Maps
    Chronology and King Lists
    Introduction I: Historical Background
    Introduction II: Environmental Background
    ACT I: The Archaic Period (c. 750-480): The Formation of States
    1:The Emergence of the Greeks in the Mediterranean
    2:Aristocracy and the Archaic State
    3:The Archaic Greek World
    4:Early Athens
    5:The Democratic Revolution
    6:Sparta
    7:Greek Religion
    8:The Persian Wars
    9:The Greeks at War
    ACT II: The Classical Period (479-323): A Tale, Mainly, of Two Cities
    10:The Delian League
    11:The Economy of Greece
    12:Athens in the Age of Pericles
    13:Women, Sexuality, and Family Life
    14:The Peloponnesian War
    15:The Insatiability of ASyracuse
    16:Socrates and the Thirty Tyrants
    17:The Futility of War
    18:The Macedonian Conquest
    19:Alexander the Great
    ACT III: The Hellenistic Period (323-30): Greeks, Macedonians, and Romans
    20:The Successor Kingdoms
    21:A Time of Adjustment
    22:The Greek Cities in the New World
    23:Social Life and Intellectual Culture
    24:The Roman Conquest
    25:A Feat of Imagination
    Glossary
    Recommended Reading
    Index

Reviews

"A highly readable and stimulating introduction to a fascinating area of history. Waterfield's accessible but still authoritative tone brings the sights, sounds and citizens vividly to life. This evocative book manages to tread an often fine line between storytelling and scholarly history with a lightness of touch that belies the depth and scope of its approach ... This engaging one-volume history will appeal to a great many readers." - All About History

"'Superlative. . . . The scholarship is thorough, deep, and well-explained. . . . Readers looking for an authoritative account of almost any aspect of ancient Greek history should be thoroughly gratified.'" - Kirkus Reviews

"'Judicious, reliable, compendious, limpidly clear, and based on immense research in the primary sources, Waterfield's fresh new history of ancient Greece will be the go-to resource for those seeking a panoptic, periscopic vision of one of the past's most fertile cultures.'" - Paul Cartledge, author of Democracy: A Life and After Thermopylae

"'In a clear, engaging style, Creators, Conquerors, and Citizens gives us the grand sweep of the ancient Greeks' 700-year history- from tiny but vibrant city-states, to great empires encompassing the Middle East, and ultimately their violent conquest by the even greater Roman Empire. For everyone interested in this extraordinary story, this is now the place to start.'" - Ian Morris, author of War! What Is It Good for? and Why the West Rules-for Now

"'Engaging but rigorously researched narrative history. All you ever needed to know about the Greeks.'" - The Lady

"'Waterfield's tone is suitably authoritative and measured... his book is enlivened by its detail.'" - Daisy Dunn, Sunday Times

"'Drawing on contemporary literature and inscriptions, informed by the most up-to-date archaeology, illustrated throughout with half-tone photographs and containing an excellent timeline (from 1200 to 27 BC), lists of rulers (of Ptolemaic Egypt, Macedon from the fourth century, Pergamum, Persia, Syracuse and Seleucid Syria), fifteen maps and a glossary, this book provides an invaluable resource for anyone wishing a comprehensive account of Greek history and culture, while reading lists point the way for those who wish to find out more. W's masterly review of how tensions between cultural unity and political disunity unfolded over eight hundred years is to be thoroughly recommended.'" - David Stuttard, Classics for All

"'Creators, Conquerors, & Citizens is [...] a highly readable and stimulating introduction to a fascinating [...] area of history. Waterfield's accessible but still authoritative tone brings the sights, sounds and citizens vividly to life. This evocative book manages to tread an often fine line between storytelling and scholarly history with a lightness of touch that belies the depth and scope of its approach. There is much to enjoy here and this engaging one-volume history will appeal to a great many readers, regardless of how much they already know about this history of Ancient Greece.'" - All About History

"'With more information, more engagingly presented, than any similar work, this is the best single-volume account of ancient Greece in more than a generation ... A brilliant, up-to-date account of ancient Greece, suitable for history buffs and university students alike, Creators, Conquerors, and Citizens presents a compelling and comprehensive story of this remarkable civilization's disunity, underlying cultural solidarity, and eventual political unification.'" - Ancient Origins

"'As one might expect, the scholarship is impeccable. Waterfield touches on a staggering array of topics, succinctly reviewing the evidence and summarizing the most recent scholarly work.'" - Andrew T. Alwine, College of Charleston