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Written by four leading authorities on the classical world, Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History introduces students to the history and civilization of ancient Greece in all its complexity and variety. The most comprehensive and balanced history of ancient Greece that covers the entire period from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Era, it integrates the most recent research in archaeology, comparative anthropology, and social history with a traditional yet lively narrative of political, military, and diplomatic history. The authors show how the early Greeks borrowed from their neighbors but eventually developed a distinctive culture all their own, one that was marked by astonishing creativity, versatility, and resilience. The book goes on to trace the complex and surprising evolution of Greek civilization to its eventual dissolution as it merged with a variety of other cultures. Using physical evidence from archaeology, the written testimony of literary texts and inscriptions, and anthropological models based on comparative studies, the authors provide an account of the Greek world that is thoughtful and sophisticated yet accessible to students and general readers with little or no knowledge of Greece.

Featuring 19 maps, more than 80 photographs, and numerous selections that highlight a variety of primary source material, Ancient Greece is an indispensable text for courses in ancient Greek history.

Table of Contents

List of Maps



Time Line

I. Early Greece and the Bronze Age

The Land of Greece

Sources for Early Greek History

Greece in the Stone Ages

The Ancient Civilizations of the Near East

Greece in the Early Bronze Age (c. 3000-2100 BC)

Greece in the Middle Bronze Age (c. 2100-1600 BC)

The Discovery of Aegean Civilization: Troy, Mycenae, Knossos

Minoan Society and Culture (c. 1700-1500 BC)

The Mycenaeans

The Early Mycenaeans (c. 1600-1400 BC)

The Later Mycenaeans (c. 1400-1200 BC)

The End of the Mycenaean Civilization

II. The "Dark Age" of Greece and the Eighth-Century "Renaissance" (c. 1150-700 BC)

Sources for the Dark Age

Decline and Recovery (c. 1150-900 BC)

Society in the Early Dark Age

Revival (c. 900-750 BC)

Homer and Oral Poetry

Late Dark Age (Homeric) Society

Community, Household, and Economy in the Late Dark Age

The End of the Dark Age (c. 750-700 BC)

III. Archaic Greece (c. 700-500 BC)

Sources for the Seventh and Sixth Centuries

The Formation of the City-State (Polis)

The Ethnos

Government in the Early City-States

The Colonizing Movement

Economic and Social Divisions in the Early Poleis

Hesiod: The View from Below

The Hoplite Army

The Archaic Age Tyrants

Art and Architecture

Lyric Poetry

Philosophy and Science

Relations Between States

Panhellenic Institutions

IV. Sparta

Sources for Spartan History and Institutions

The Dark Age and the Archaic Period

The Spartan System

Demography and the Spartan Economy

Spartan Government

Sparta and Greece

Historical Change in Sparta

The Spartan Mirage

V. The Growth of Athens and the Persian Wars

Sources for Early Athens

Athens from the Bronze Age to the Early Archaic Age

The Reforms of Solon

Peisistratus and His Sons

The Reforms of Cleisthenes

The Rise of Persia

The Wars Between Greece and Persia

VI. The Rivalries of the Greek City-States and the Growth of Athenian Democracy

Sources for the Decades After the Persian Wars

The Aftermath of the Persian Wars and the Foundation of the Delian League

The "First" (Undeclared) Peloponnesian War (460-445 BC)

Pericles and the Growth of Athenian Democracy

Literature and Art

Oikos and Polis

The Greek Economy

VII. Greece on the Eve of the Peloponnesian War

Sources for Greece on the Eve of the War

Greece After the Thirty Years' Peace

The Breakdown of the Peace

Resources for War

Intellectual Life in Fifth-century Greece

The Literature of the Fifth Century

Currents in Greek Thought and Education

The Physical Space of the Polis: Athens on the Eve of War

VIII. The Peloponnesian War

Sources for Greece During the Peloponnesian War

The Archidamian War (431-421 BC)

Between Peace and War

The Invasion of Sicily (415-413 BC)

The War in the Aegean and the Oligarchic Coup at Athens (413-411 BC)

Fallout from the Long War

The War in Retrospect

IX. The Crisis of the Polis and the Age of Shifting Hegemonies

Sources for Fourth-century Greece

Postwar Greece and the Struggle for Hegemony

Law and Democracy in Athens

The Fourth-century Polis

Philosophy and the Polis

X. Phillip II and the Rise of Macedon

Sources for Macedonian History

Early Macedonia

Macedonian Society and Kingship

The Reign of Philip II

Macedonian Domination of Greece

XI. Alexander the Great

Sources for the Reign of Alexander

Consolidating Power

From Issus to Egypt: Conquest of the Eastern Mediterranean (332-331 BC)

From Alexandria to Persepolis: The King of Asia (331-330 BC)

The High Road to India: Alexander in Central Asia

India and the End of the Dream

Return to the West

XII. Alexander's Successors and the Cosmopolis

A New World

Sources for the Hellenistic Period

The Struggle for the Succession

The Regency of Perdiccas

The Primacy of Antigonus the One-Eyed

Birth Pangs of the New Order (301-276 BC)

The Place of the Polis in the Cosmopolis

The Macedonian Kingdoms

Hellenistic Society

Alexandria and Hellenistic Culture

Social Relations in the Hellenistic World



Art and Illustration Credits


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A Political, Social, and Cultural History
Pomeroy, Burstein Donlan
Roberts, Jennifer Tolbert
Pomeroy, Burstein Donlan
null, Walter
Cram 101
null, Stanley M.
Cram 101
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
null, Sarah B.
Pomeroy &. Burstein &. Donlan &. Roberts
Burstein, Stanley M.
null, Jennifer Tolbert
All Material Written by Cram101, Materia
Pomeroy, Sarah B.
Donlan, Walter
Oxford University Press
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Europe - Greece
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Classical Studies | Ancient History | Greek
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