Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times

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Yale University Press, 2000 - History - 254 pages
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Designed for nonspecialist readers, this compact and illustrated history of ancient Greece takes us from the Stone Age roots of Greek civilization to the early Hellenistic period following the death of Alexander the Great. The narrative integrates political, military, social, and cultural history, with a focus on the development of the Greek city-state in the eighth to fourth centuries B.C. and on the society, literature, and architecture of Athens in its Golden Age. The book, which includes useful timelines, maps, plans, and photographs, was adapted from and may be cross-referenced with the historical overview of Greece that is part of the multimedia interactive database 'Perseus; Interactive Sources and Studies on Ancient Greece', versions 1.0 and 2.0. The book extends the coverage of the Perseus overview, with its new sections on Greek prehistory, the Bronze and Dark Ages, and the Hellenistic period.

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A pretty good overview of Greek history. - Goodreads
The perfect sweeping introduction to this period. - Goodreads
It is well researched, compact, and thorough. - Goodreads
Easy to read, fascinating, over too quickly. - Goodreads
Good overview of Ancient Greece. - Goodreads
Adequate overview, in parts, very dry. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Doug J. - Goodreads

This was a great book on ancient Greece. I found the sections discussing the rise of democracy in 6th century Athens and the role(s) of women in Sparten and Athenian society especially informative. Read full review

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User Review  - B. Ross Ashley - Goodreads

A really good introductin to the study of the history of Greece. necessarily brief, with suggestions for further study; good on the major players in the classical period, Athens and Sparta, but not so ... Read full review

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From IndoEuropeans to Mycenaeans
The Dark Age
The Archaic Age
Oligarchy Tyranny and Democracy
From Persian Wars to Athenian Empire
Culture and Society in Classical Athens
The Peloponnesian War and Its Aftermath at Athens
From the Peloponnesian War to Alexander the Great
The Hellenistic Age
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About Perseus 20

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Thomas R. Martin is Jeremiah O'Connor Professor of Classics at the College of the Holy Cross.

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