A History of the Greek City States, Ca. 700-338 B.C.

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University of California Press, 1976 - History - 516 pages
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This book introduces the reader to the serious study of Greek history, concentrating more on problems than on narrative. The topics selected have been prominent in modern research and references to important discussions of these have been provided. Outlined are controversial issues of which differing views can be defended. Mr. Sealey's preference is for interpretations which see Greek history as the interaction of personalities, rather than for those which see it as a struggle for economic classes or of abstract ideas.

Sealey assumes that the Greek cities of the archaic and classical periods did not inherit any political institutions from the Bronze Age; that the extensive invasions that brought Mycenaean civilization to an end destroyed political habits as effectively as stone palaces. Accordingly, he believes that the Greeks of the historic period were engaged in the fundamental enterprise of building organized society out of nothing.

The first chapters of this work deal with the stops taken by the early tyrants, in Sparta and Athens, toward constructing stable organs of authority and of political expression. In later chapters, interest shifts to relations that developed between the states and especially to the development of lasting alliances. Attention is given to the Peloponnesian League, to the Persian Wars, to the Delian League, and to the Second Athenian Sea League of the fourth century.
  

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A quite accurate introduction to the history of Greek City States. I recommend it as an introductory text to everyone interested in the topic. The only thing missing in the book is a map of the area, something important to complete the narrative. Read full review

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raphy of the European mainland Institutions Oriental influ
38
the united state Social structure Cylon Dracon Notes
107
tional measures Eupatridae The property classes and the Coun
134
Persia and Greece II The Hellenic League
195
Note on the Literary and Epigraphic Sources for Part II
232
Divergence between Athens and Sparta
238
The First Peloponnesian War
268
The Athenian Empire and
297
The End ofthe Peloponnesian War 411404
380
The Corinthian War
386
Note on the Literary and Epigraphic Sources for Part III
402
leagues and federations The Spartan outrages
423
The Rise of Macedon
438
The Final Struggle with Philip II
469
Philip and Athens 346344 The embassy of Python Philips
494
Index
509

The Archidamian War and the Peace of Nicias
324
Peloponnesian War 419411
348

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About the author (1976)

Raphael Sealey's publications include A History of the Greek City States Ca. 700-388 B.C. He is on the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley.

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