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The Greeks: History, Culture, and Societyby Ian Morris
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Organized chronologically, this book presents a complete picture of Greek civilization as a history. It features sections on the art, architecture, literature, and thought of each period. Names and dates are provided, and cultural achievements and social transformations that accompanied the cascade of historical events are carefully examined. This comprehensive, balanced treatment of ancient Greece covers its history from the prehistoric through the Mycenaean Period, the Dark Ages, the Classical Period, the Hellenistic, and the absorption of Greek culture by Rome.
Organized chronologically, this text presents a complete picture of Greek civilization as a history and features sections on the art, architecture, literature, and thought of each period.
About the Author
Ian Morris is the Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History at Stanford University, where he teaches large lecture courses on ancient empires and Greek history. He is either the author or the editor of nine books on ancient history and archaeology, and directs a major archaeological excavation in Sicily. His latest book, Why the West Rules … For Now will appear in 2010. He has lectured at universities across America and Europe, and r appeared on television on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and A&E Channel.
Barry B. Powell is the Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where in his long career he was well known as a teacher of large lecture classes in ancient civilization and myth and for seminars on Homer. He has lectured in many countries and is the author of the bestselling Classical Myth (6th edition, 2008), widely used in college courses. He is best known as the author of Homer and the Origin of the Greek Alphabet (1991), which argues that the Greek alphabet was invented in order to record the poems of Homer. With Ian Morris he published the internationally admired A New Companion to Homer (1997). The 2nd edition of his popular introductory text Homer appeared in 2007, and he has written numerous other books, articles, screenplays, a novel, poetry, and a mock-epic The War at Troy: A True History (2006). He Recently, he appeared on the History Channel special Troy: The True Story (2005). His study Writing: Theory and History of the Technology of Civilization (2008) establishes a scientific terminology for studying the history of writing.
Table of Contents
About the Authors
1. A Small, Far-Off Land
2. Country and People
Greek Geography, Climate, and Agriculture
Health and Disease
Economic Growth in Ancient Greece
3. The Greeks at Home
4. The Greeks Before History, 12,000-1200 B.C.
The End of the Last Ice Age, 12,000-11,000 B.C.
The Origins of Agriculture, 11,000-5000 B.C.
Greeks and Indo-Europeans
Neolithic Society and Economy, 5000-3000 B.C.
The Early Bronze Age, 3000-2300 B.C.
The Middle Bronze Age, 2300-800 B.C.
The Age of Minoan Palaces, 2000-600 B.C.
The Rise of Mycenaean Greece, 1750-500 B.C.
The End of Minoan Civilization, 1600-1400 B.C.
Mycenaean Greece: Archaeology, Linear B, and Homer
The End of the Bronze Age, circa 200 B.C.
5. The Dark Age, 1200-800 B.C.
The Homeric Question
Milman Parry and Oral Poetry
The Oral Poet in Homer
Heinrich Schliemann and the Trojan War
The Tragic Iliad
Homer and the Invention of Plot
The Comic Odyssey
Odysseus and Homer
7. Religion and Myth
Definitions of Religion and Myth
Greek Religion in History
Forms of Greek Religious Practice
Hesiod’s Myth of Sacrifice
Gods and Other Mysterious Beings
The Ungrateful Dead and the Laying of the Ghost
Ecstatic and Mystical Religion
8. Ancient Greece, 800-480 B.C.: Economy, Society, Politics
Government by Oligarchy
The Structure of Archaic States
9. The Archaic Cultural Revolution, 700-480 B.C.
Natural Philosophy in Miletus
Pythagoras: Philosophy and Social Science in the West
10. A Tale of Two Archaic Cities: Sparta and Athens, 700-480 B.C.
11. Persia and the Greeks, 550-490 B.C.
12. The Great War, 480-479 B.C.
13. Democracy and Empire; Athens and Syracuse, 479-431 B.C.
14. Art and Thought in the Fifth Century B.C.
15. Fifth-Century Drama
The City of Dionysia
The Theater of Dionysus
Character and Other Dimensions of Tragedy
The Origins of Comedy
The Plots of Old Comedy
The Structures of Old Comedy
16. The Peloponnesian War and Its Aftermath, 431-399 B.C.
17. The Greeks between Persia and Carthage, 399-360 B.C.
18. Greek Culture in the Fourth Century B.C.
The Bronze Age (c. 3000-1200 B.C.; Chapter 4)
The Dark Age (c. 1200-700 B.C.; Chapter 5)
The Archaic Period (c. 700-500 B.C.; Chapters 6-10)
The Classical Period (c. 500-350 B.C.; Chapters 11-18)
The Macedonian Takeover (c. 350-323 B.C.; Chapters 19-22)
The Hellenistic Period (c. 323-30 B.C.; Chapters 23-24)
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