Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - History - 512 pages
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Written by four leading authorities on the classical world, here is a new history of ancient Greece that dynamically presents a generation of new scholarship on the birthplace of Western civilization.
Ranging from Greece's first beginnings in the Bronze Age through the tumultuous Hellenistic era dominated by Alexander the Great, this volume offers a truly wide-ranging portrait, blending the traditional political and military approach with a more modern accent on social and cultural history. Everything is included here--the sweeping philosophical systems of Plato and Aristotle, the daily lives of women in Athens, dramatic sea battles in the Aegean, the epic poetry of Homer, the rise of the city-state. The book offers illuminating descriptions of Sparta and Athens, recounts the Persian and Peloponnesian wars, evaluates the contributions of notable figures such as Solon, Cleisthenes, Pericles, and Philip II of Macedon, and discusses the remarkable rise of Alexander the Great. Throughout the book, the editors trace the slow evolution of Greek culture, revealing how the early Greeks borrowed from their neighbors, but eventually developed a distinctive culture of their own, marked by astonishing creativity, versatility, and resilience.
Featuring 17 original maps, over 80 photographs, and numerous "document boxes" which highlight a variety of primary source material, this book provides an account of the Greek world that is thoughtful and sophisticated while remaining accessible to the nonscholar. A dynamic collaboration between four renowned scholars Sarah Pomeroy, Stanley M. Burstein, Walter Donlan, and Jennifer Tolbert Roberts it is the definitive portrait of the fountainhead of Western philosophy, literature, science, and art.

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Four well-known classicists have taken the traditional chronology of Greek history texts and written a much-needed overview for modern students. By means of a chapter structure that is well designed ... 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.

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Sarah Pomeroy is Professor of Classics at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Stanley M. Burstein is Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at California State University, Los Angeles. Walter Donlan is Professor of Classics at the University of California, Irvine. Jennifer Tolbert Roberts is Professor of Classics and History at the City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center.

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