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Creators, conquerors, and citizens : a history of ancient Greece / Robin Waterfield. [print]

By: Material type: TextTextPublication details: New York, New York : Oxford University Press, (c)2018.Description: xxi, 511 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cmContent type:
  • text
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  • unmediated
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  • volume
ISBN:
  • 9780190234300
  • 019023430X
  • 9780190095765
  • 0190095768
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  • DF214.W384.C743 2018
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Contents:
Chronology and king lists
Introduction I: Environmental background
Introduction II: Historical background
Act I: The Archaic Period (750-480) : the formation of states. The emergence of the Greeks ; Aristocracy and the archaic state ; The archaic Greek world ; Early Athens ; The Democratic revolution ; Sparta ; Greek religion ; The Persian Wars ; The Greeks at war
Act II: The Classical Period (479-323) : a tale, mainly, of two cities. The Delian League ; The economy of Greece ; Athens in the age of Pericles ; Women, sexuality, and family life ; The Peloponnesian War ; The instability of Syracuse ; Socrates and the Thirty Tyrants ; The futility of war ; The Macedonian conquest ; Alexander the Great
Act III: The Hellenistic Period (323-30) : Greeks, Macedonians, and Romans. The successor kingdoms ; A time of adjustment ; The Greek cities in the New World ; Social life and intellectual culture ; The Roman conquest ; A feat of imagination
Glossary.
Summary: "We Greeks are one in blood and one in language; we have temples to the gods and religious rites in common, and a common way of life." So the fifth-century historian Herodotus has some Athenians declare, in explanation of why they would never betray their fellow Greeks to the enemy, the "barbarian" Persians. And he might have added further common features, such as clothing, foodways, and political institutions. But if the Greeks knew that they were kin, why did many of them side with the Persians against fellow Greeks, and why, more generally, is ancient Greek history so often the history of internecine wars and other forms of competition with one another? This is the question acclaimed historian Robin Waterfield sets out to explore in this magisterial history of ancient Greece. 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. Waterfield gives a comprehensive narrative of seven hundred years of history, from the emergence of the Greeks around 750 BCE to the Roman conquest of the last of the Greco-Macedonian kingdoms in 30 BCE. Equal weight is given to all phases of Greek history -- the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods. But history is not just facts; it is also a matter of how we interpret the evidence. Without compromising the readability of the book, Waterfield incorporates the most recent scholarship by classical historians and archaeologists and asks his readers to think critically about Greek history. 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."--Summary: "A brilliant, up-to-date account of all of ancient Greek history (the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods), suitable for history buffs and university students, enlivened by a strong thesis about the disunity of the Greeks, their underlying cultural unity, and their eventual political unification"--
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Chronology and king lists

Introduction I: Environmental background

Introduction II: Historical background

Act I: The Archaic Period (750-480) : the formation of states. The emergence of the Greeks ; Aristocracy and the archaic state ; The archaic Greek world ; Early Athens ; The Democratic revolution ; Sparta ; Greek religion ; The Persian Wars ; The Greeks at war

Act II: The Classical Period (479-323) : a tale, mainly, of two cities. The Delian League ; The economy of Greece ; Athens in the age of Pericles ; Women, sexuality, and family life ; The Peloponnesian War ; The instability of Syracuse ; Socrates and the Thirty Tyrants ; The futility of war ; The Macedonian conquest ; Alexander the Great

Act III: The Hellenistic Period (323-30) : Greeks, Macedonians, and Romans. The successor kingdoms ; A time of adjustment ; The Greek cities in the New World ; Social life and intellectual culture ; The Roman conquest ; A feat of imagination

Glossary.

"We Greeks are one in blood and one in language; we have temples to the gods and religious rites in common, and a common way of life." So the fifth-century historian Herodotus has some Athenians declare, in explanation of why they would never betray their fellow Greeks to the enemy, the "barbarian" Persians. And he might have added further common features, such as clothing, foodways, and political institutions. But if the Greeks knew that they were kin, why did many of them side with the Persians against fellow Greeks, and why, more generally, is ancient Greek history so often the history of internecine wars and other forms of competition with one another? This is the question acclaimed historian Robin Waterfield sets out to explore in this magisterial history of ancient Greece. 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. Waterfield gives a comprehensive narrative of seven hundred years of history, from the emergence of the Greeks around 750 BCE to the Roman conquest of the last of the Greco-Macedonian kingdoms in 30 BCE. Equal weight is given to all phases of Greek history -- the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods. But history is not just facts; it is also a matter of how we interpret the evidence. Without compromising the readability of the book, Waterfield incorporates the most recent scholarship by classical historians and archaeologists and asks his readers to think critically about Greek history. 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."--

"A brilliant, up-to-date account of all of ancient Greek history (the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods), suitable for history buffs and university students, enlivened by a strong thesis about the disunity of the Greeks, their underlying cultural unity, and their eventual political unification"--

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