From Solon to Socrates: Greek History and Civilization During the 6th and 5th Centuries BC

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Routledge, Oct 4, 2010 - History - 432 pages
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From Solon to Socrates is a magisterial narrative introduction to what is generally regarded as the most important period of Greek history. Stressing the unity of Greek history and the centrality of Athens, Victor Ehrenberg covers a rich and diverse range of political, economic, military and cultural issues in the Greek world, from the early history of the Greeks, including early Sparta and the wars with Persia, to the ascendancy of Athens and the Peloponnesian War.


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Laconia 23
The Seventh Century 16
Early Sparta 22
Athens Before and Under Solon 40
Attica and Surroundings 41
Democracy and Dualism 167
Athens and her Harbours 174
The Age of Pericles 186
The Western Greeks 203
The Peloponnesian War 207
Prelude to War 208
The Archidamian War 213
Between Peace and War 232

The Sixth Century 62
Cleisthenes Division of Attica 76
The Wider Greek Scene 83
Sicily and South Italy 94
The Wars for Freedom 98
Marathon 107
Battle of Marathon 109
Between the Wars 114
The Great War in East and West 122
Battle of Salamis 131
The War Generation 139
The Ascendancy of Athens 154
Syracuse 241
The Last Act 247
Know Thyself 266
The Sophists 270
Political Events 280
The End of Tragedy 286
Thucydides 290
Socrates 296

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Victor Ehrenberg (1891-1976) was a German historian renowned for his study of Greek history. He emigrated to Britain in 1939 and was Reader in Ancient History at Bedford College, University of London.

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