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The Oxford History of Greece and the Hellenistic World

Edited by John Boardman, Jasper Griffin, and Oswyn Murray

Publication Date - March 2002

ISBN: 9780192801371

536 pages

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A comprehensive view of the ancient Greek world, its history and its achievements.


From the epic poems of Homer to the glittering art and architecture of Greece's Golden Age, to the influential Roman systems of law and leadership, the classical Greek world established the foundations of our culture as well as many of its most enduring achievements.

Now, in this vivid volume, readers can embrace the spirit of the classical world, from the eighth to the first centuries B.C., a period unparalleled in history for its brilliance in literature, philosophy, and the visual arts. This work also treats the Hellenization of the Middle East by the monarchies established in the area conquered by Alexander the Great. The editors, all celebrated classicists, intersperse chapters on political and social history with sections on literature, philosophy, and the arts, and reinforce the historical framework with maps and historical charts. Moreover, the contributors--thirty of the world's leading scholars--present the latest in modern scholarship through masterpieces of wit, brevity, and style. Together with hundreds of excellent illustrations, these entries provide both a provocative and entertaining window into our classical heritage.


  • A classic work of reference for all students and enthusiasts of Greek history
  • Features essays from the leading historians and archaeologists in the field.

About the Author(s)

John Boardman is Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology and Art, Lincoln College, Oxford.
Dr Oswyn Murray is Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at Baliol College, Oxford.
Dr Jasper Griffin is Tutor in Ancient History at Baliol College, Oxford.

Table of Contents

    Introduction, Jasper Griffin
    1. Greece: The History of the Archaic Period, George Forrest
    2. Homer, Oliver Taplin
    3. Greek Myth and Hesiod, Jasper Griffin
    4. Lyric and Elegiac Poetry, Ewen Bowie
    5. Early Greek Philosophy, Martin West
    6. Greece: The History of the Classical Period, Simon Hornblower
    7. Greek Drama, Peter Levi
    8. Greek Historians, Oswyn Murray
    9. Life and Society in Classical Greece, Oswyn Murray
    10. Classical Greek Philosophy, Julia Annas
    11. Greek Religion, Robert Parker
    12. Greek Art and Architecture, John Boardman
    13. The History of the Hellenistic Period, Simon Price
    14. Hellenistic Culture and Literature, Robin Lane Fox
    15. Hellenistic Philosophy and Science, Jonathan Barnes
    16. Hellenistic and Graeco-Roman Art, Roger Ling