The Oxford History of Greece and the Hellenistic World

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John Boardman, Jasper Griffin, Oswyn Murray
Oxford University Press, UK, Sep 5, 1991 - History - 520 pages
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From the epic poems of Homer through the glittering art and architecture of Greece's Golden Age to the influential Roman systems of law and leadership, the classical world established the foundations of our culture as well as many of its most enduring achievements. Now available in a smaller, more convenient format, the astonishingly in-depth and widely praised Oxford History of the Classical World offers the general reader the definitive companion to the Graeco-Roman world.
The first volume, Classical Greece and the Hellenistic World, covers the period from the eighth to the first centuries B.C., a period unparalleled in history for its brilliance in literature, philosophy, and the visual arts. It also treats the Hellenization of the Middle East by the monarchies established in the area conquested by Alexander the Great.
The second volume, Classical Rome, covers early Rome and Italy, the expansion of the Roman republic, the foundation of the Roman Empire by Augustus, its consolidation in the first two centuries A.D., and the later Empire and its influence on Western civilization.
The editors, John Boardman, Jasper Griffen, and Oswyn Murray--all eminent 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. The two volumes also offer bibliographies and a full index, as well as black and white photographs integrated into the text.
The contributors--thirty of the world's leading scholars--present the latest in modern scholarship through masterpieces of wit, brevity, and style. While concentrating on the aspects essential to the understanding of each period, they also focus on those elements of the classical world that remain of lasting importance and interest to readers today. Together, these volumes 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

INTRODUCTION
1
THE HISTORY OF THE ARCHAIC PERIOD
13
2 HOMER
47
3 GREEK MYTH AND HESIOD
82
4 LYRIC AND ELEGIAC POETRY
107
5 EARLY GREEK PHILOSOPHY
126
THE HISTORY OF THE CLASSICAL PERIOD
142
7 GREEK DRAMA
177
10 CLASSICAL GREEK PHILOSOPHY
277
11 GREEK RELIGION
306
12 GREEK ART AND ARCHITECTURE
330
13 THE HISTORY OF THE HELLENISTIC PERIOD
364
14 HELLENISTIC CULTURE AND LITERATURE
390
15 HELLENISTIC PHILOSOPHY AND SCIENCE
421
16 HELLENISTIC AND GRAECOROMAN ART
447
Tables of Events
475

8 GREEK HISTORIANS
214
9 LIFE AND SOCIETY IN CLASSICAL GREECE
240

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About the Editors:
John Boardman is Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art and Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford University. Jasper Griffin is Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford and author of Homer on Life and Death. Oswyn Murray is Fellow of Balliol College and author of Early Greece.

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