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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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For generations, scholars have focused on the rise of the Greek city-state and its brilliant cosmopolitan culture as the ultimate source of the Western tradition in literature, philosophy, and politics. This passionate book leads us outside the city walls to the countryside, where the vast majority of the Greek citizenry lived, to find the true source of the cultural wealth of Greek civilization. Victor Hanson shows that the real "Greek revolution" was not merely the rise of a free and democratic urban culture, but rather the historic innovation of the independent family farm.

The farmers, vinegrowers, and herdsmen of ancient Greece are "the other Greeks," who formed the backbone of Hellenic civilization. It was these tough-minded, practical, and fiercely independent agrarians, Hanson contends, who gave Greek culture its distinctive emphasis on private property, constitutional government, contractual agreements, infantry warfare, and individual rights. Hanson's reconstruction of ancient Greek farm life, informed by hands-on knowledge of the subject (he is a fifth-generation California vine- and fruit-grower) is fresh, comprehensive, and absorbing. His detailed chronicle of the rise and tragic fall of the Greek city-state also helps us to grasp the implications of what may be the single most significant trend in American life today—the imminent extinction of the family farm.

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This book claims that agrarianism was the first cause of the classical Greek achievement, that the family farm was the most fundamental thing the Greeks invented, and productive of most of their other inventions and discoveries.

About the Author

Victor Davis Hanson is Professor of Classics at California State University, Fresno, and author of Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece (Revised edition, California 1998),The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece (1986), and Fields Without Dreams: Defending the Agrarian Idea (1996).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520209350
Author:
Hanson, Victor Davis
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Hanson
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient - Greece
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
Agriculture
Subject:
Civilization, Classical
Subject:
Land use, Rural
Subject:
Family farms
Subject:
Land use, Rural -- Greece -- History.
Subject:
Agriculture, Ancient - Greece
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
First Edition, With a new preface and bibliographic essay
Series Volume:
1943/E
Publication Date:
19991231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
596
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.25 in 28 oz

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