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Revealing Antiquity #17: Histoires Grecques: Snapshots from Antiquity

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In a series of brilliant snapshots, each a distinct bit of a larger story, Maurice Sartre's Histoires Grecques spans the grand narrative of Greek culture over a thousand years and a vast expanse of land and sea. From Homer to Damascius, from recent discoveries in Kandahar to an account of the murder of Hypatia in 415 CE, each snapshot captures a moment in the history of Greek civilization. Together they offer a fresh perspective on an ancient culture whose wealth and depth of thought, variety and multiplicity of accomplishments, and astonishing continuity through time and space have made it the Western world's culture of reference.

A textual fragment, a coin, an epigraph: each artifact and image launches Sartre--and his readers--on a journey into the practical mysteries of Greek civilization. Ranging from Afghanistan to the Mediterranean world, these excursions--step by step, moment by moment--finally amount to a panoramic vision of one of the most important civilizations of all time. Histoires Grecques shows the newcomer and the seasoned scholar alike how history itself is written--and imparts the experience, and the pleasure, of discovering history as discrete stories seen through the eyes of one of the most eminent historians of ancient Greece.

Synopsis:

Sartre spans the grand narrative of Greek culture over a thousand years and a vast expanse of land and sea. Ranging from Afghanistan to the Mediterranean world, these excursions amount to a panoramic vision of one of the most important civilizations of all time.

About the Author

Maurice Sartreis Professor of History, <>University of Toursand the <>Institut Universitaire de France.

Table of Contents

  • Maps
  • Preface
  1. Theseus Unites Attica’s Inhabitants, or the Origins of the City-State
  2. The Theraeans Embark for Cyrene, or How to Found a Colony: A National Legend
  3. Lydian Coins, or the Origins of Money
  4. Graffiti on Ramses II’s Leg, or Greek Mercenaries and Merchants in Pharaonic Egypt
  5. Phalaris’s Bull, or One Aspect of the Crisis: Tyranny
  6. “You Will Destroy a Great Empire!” or Oracles and Soothsayers
  7. “And Cleisthenes Had the People Join His Hetaireia” or the Bases of Athenian Democracy
  8. Histiaeus of Miletus and the Tattooed Slave, or Greeks and Persians in Asia Minor ca. 550–ca. 490
  9. An Ostracizing Potsherd, or the Progress of Democracy after the Greco-Persian Wars
  10. Complaints of a Bastard, or Pericles’ Law on Citizenship
  11. Hippolytus’s Prayer to Zeus, or Women in the City-State
  12. The Story of a Broken Sigma, or Athenian Imperialism
  13. Two Thousand Helots Gone! or Slaves in the City-State
  14. Naked and Unarmed in the Dark, or Training and Initiation of Spartan Youth
  15. Nicocles of Salamis in Cyprus, or Foreigners in the City-State
  16. Pasion Bequeaths His Wife, or from Slavery to Freedom
  17. An Arabian Owl, or Greek Trade and Culture in the Near and Middle East before Alexander
  18. The Susa Weddings, or Alexander, Iran, and the Greeks
  19. A Hymn for Demetrios Poliorcetes, or New Kings, New Gods
  20. In Io’s Footsteps, or Greek Settlement in Alexander’s Empire
  21. Long Live Poverty! or Revolutions in Sparta in the Third Century
  22. A Capital on the Banks of the Amu Darya, or the Greeks in Bactria and India
  23. Gymnasium: Keep Out! or Education and Citizenship in the Hellenistic World
  24. A Wild Ass for the King, or Greeks, Jews, and Hellenism in the Transjordan
  25. An Epigram from Sidon, or Hellenism in Syria in the Third and Second Centuries B.C.E.
  26. The Promotion of Toriaion, or How to Become a City-State
  27. Steles of Mercenaries from Sidon, or the Army and the War in the Hellenistic World
  28. Jason the Impious, or Hellenism in Jerusalem
  29. Amphora Stamps from Rhodes and Elsewhere, or Exchanges in the Mediterranean Region and Beyond, Third to First Centuries B.C.E.
  30. Let Us Pray for Archippe’s Recovery! or Women and Euergetism
  31. “Kill Them All,” or the Greeks, Rome, and Mithridates VI Eupator
  32. Prizes for an Athlete from Miletus, or Competition and Greek Culture
  33. Epaminondas Offers a Banquet, or Civic Ruin and Philanthropy in Greece in the First Century C.E.
  34. “The Sun and the Stars,” or Rome, the Client Princes, and the Provinces in the Eastern Mediterranean
  35. Pagan Martyrs in Alexandria, or Greeks and Jews in Alexandria in the First Century C.E.
  36. “Let Them Be Free,” or Nero and Greek Freedom
  37. Eating Roots in Aspendos, or Grain Crises and Speculation in Asia Minor in the First Century
  38. The Child in the Cauldron, or Indigenous Gods, Greek Gods in the Near East
  39. Farmers in Flight (163 C.E.), or Agriculture and Rural Life in Greco-Roman Egypt
  40. Urinating in Front of Aphrodite, or Jews and Greeks Six Centuries Later
  41. Of the Proper Use of Hellenic Letters, or How to Be Christian and Cultivated
  42. The Death of Hypatia, or Remaining Pagan in a Christian World
  • Afterword
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674032125
Author:
Sartre, Maurice
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Translator:
Porter, Catherine
Author:
Porter, Catherine
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Ancient - Greece
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
History - Ancient
Subject:
Greece History.
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Subject:
HISTORY / Middle East/General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
Revealing Antiquity
Series Volume:
17
Publication Date:
January 2009
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 halftones, 4 maps
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Ancient Greece
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient Near East
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Middle East
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Genetics

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