Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times

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Yale University Press, 2000 - History - 254 pages
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Designed for nonspecialist readers, this compact and illustrated history of ancient Greece takes us from the Stone Age roots of Greek civilization to the early Hellenistic period following the death of Alexander the Great. The narrative integrates political, military, social, and cultural history, with a focus on the development of the Greek city-state in the eighth to fourth centuries B.C. and on the society, literature, and architecture of Athens in its Golden Age. The book, which includes useful timelines, maps, plans, and photographs, was adapted from and may be cross-referenced with the historical overview of Greece that is part of the multimedia interactive database 'Perseus; Interactive Sources and Studies on Ancient Greece', versions 1.0 and 2.0. The book extends the coverage of the Perseus overview, with its new sections on Greek prehistory, the Bronze and Dark Ages, and the Hellenistic period.

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Good overview of Ancient Greece. - Goodreads
The perfect sweeping introduction to this period. - Goodreads
It is well researched, compact, and thorough. - Goodreads
Easy to read, fascinating, over too quickly. - Goodreads
Adequate overview, in parts, very dry. - Goodreads
A nice quick overview of Ancient Greece. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Rick Davis - Goodreads

This is the best introduction to Ancient Greek history and culture I've seen. It is well researched, compact, and thorough. From now on, this is what I will recommend to anyone wanting to get an overview of Ancient Greece. Read full review

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User Review  - Jeff - Goodreads

Martin is to be commended for writing such a comprehensive tour of Greek history that manages to have both breath and depth. A great start got anyone who needs a starting point for reacquainting himself with the ancient world. Read full review

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From IndoEuropeans to Mycenaeans
The Dark Age
The Archaic Age
Oligarchy Tyranny and Democracy
From Persian Wars to Athenian Empire
Culture and Society in Classical Athens
The Peloponnesian War and Its Aftermath at Athens
From the Peloponnesian War to Alexander the Great
The Hellenistic Age
Suggested Readings
About Perseus 20

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Thomas R. Martin is Jeremiah O'Connor Professor of Classics at the College of the Holy Cross.

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