Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Oct 27, 2011 - History - 184 pages
The contribution of the Ancient Greeks to modern western culture is incalculable. In the worlds of art, architecture, myth, literature, and philosophy, the world we live in would be unrecognizably different without the formative influence of Ancient Greek models. Ancient Greek civilization was defined by the city - in Greek, the polis, from which we derive 'politics'. It is above all this feature of Greek civilization that has formed its most enduring legacy, spawning such key terms as aristocracy, oligarchy, tyranny and - last but by no means least - democracy. This stimulating Very Short Introduction to Ancient Greece takes the polis as its starting point. Paul Cartledge uses the history of eleven major Greek cities to illuminate the most important and informative themes in Ancient Greek history, from the first documented use of the Greek language around 1400 BCE, through the glories of the Classical and Hellenistic periods, to the foundation of the Byzantine empire in around CE 330. Covering everything from politics, trade, and travel to slavery, gender, religion, and philosophy, it provides the ideal concise introduction to the history and culture of this remarkable civilization that helped give birth to the world as we know it. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Cnossos
6
Mycenae
15
Argos
23
Miletus
30
Massalia
42
Sparta
50
Athens
62
Epilogue
124
The Panhellenic Sanctuaries
134
Further Reading
145
Chronology
155
Whos Who
160
Glossary
169
Index
175
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185

Syracuse
80
Thebes
93
Alexandria
102
Byzantion
117
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189
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Paul Cartledge is the inaugural A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge.

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