ANCIENT GREECE: A Political, Social and Cultural History

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

From Pomeroy (Classics/Hunter Coll.), Stanley M. Burstein (History/Calif. State U niv., Los Angeles), Walter Donlan (Classics/Univ. of Calif., Irvine), and Jennifer Tolbert Roberts (Classics/City Coll. of New York), a comprehensive narrative history that emphasizes the "astonishing creativity, versatility, and resilience" of the culture shaped by the ancient Greeks. A poor, backward people ... Read full review

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Do not falsify any more the Prehistory!
The authors of the book “Ancient Greece: a political,social and cultural history ” have worked much to write this voluminous book, but some chapters of it aren
’t based in the prehistory and archaeology. In fact, Homer has never mentioned Hellenes or Greeks in the Iliad and Odyssey, because he did not know them. The Hellenes haven’t been in the Aegean region during this time, i.e. 750-700 BC when the Homer’s epic poems were formulated. For the first time they have been mentioned in literature during Classical period. The change of the Achaeans into Greeks, by ancient authors of antiquity and their successors, is a falsification of the prehistory of Aegean region. On the other hand H. Schliemann and A. Evans, who discovered the Mycenaean, Minoan and Trojan civilisation have emphasized that this is the pre-Hellene one i.e., it belongs to the autochthonous people of the Aegean region, i.e. to the Pelasgian one. In addition to this Schliemann has never found the Hellene archaeological objects earlier than V the century BC in Troy (Troy VIII).
More about the problem you can find in the pages of the book: Peza L. & Peza L. 2009. New light on Pelasgians and their language, Tirana, Geer. E-mail:,
Prof. Dr. Luftulla Peza & Liljana Peza Ph.D.

Review: A Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society and Culture

User Review  - David (Dafydd) - Goodreads

An overview of a long and complex history of the eastern Mediterranean. Interesting rather than inspiring. However, I feel more inclined to read Herodotus's 'The Histories' as a result of reading this brief history. Read full review

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