The Oxford History of Greece and the Hellenistic World

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John Boardman, Jasper Griffin, Oswyn Murray
Oxford University Press, 2001 - History - 520 pages
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.
 

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In the words of the Roman poet Horace, "Greece though conquered took her fearce conquerer captive, and brought in the arts to the uncivilized Latin peoples." These words are indicative of this work ... Read full review

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Striking coverage of the details of "life" history, not just the "wars". Nice treatment of the "Dark Ages" of Greece, clearly being re-appraised. (All "Dark Ages" should be re-appraised.) Read full review

Contents

THE HISTORY OF
13
HOMER
47
GREEK MYTH AND HESIOD
82
LYRIC AND ELEGIAC POETRY
107
EARLY GREEK PHILOSOPHY
126
THE HISTORY OF
142
GREEK DRAMA
177
GREEK HISTORIANS
214
If GREEK RELIGION
306
GREEK ART AND ARCHITECTURE
330
THE HISTORY OF
364
HELLENISTIC CULTURE
390
HELLENISTIC PHILOSOPHY
421
HELLENISTIC
447
Tables of Events
475
Index
509

LIFE AND SOCIETY IN CLASSICAL
240
CLASSICAL GREEK PHILOSOPHY
277

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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.

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