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