Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | November 27, 2011

byPaul Cartledge

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The contribution of the Ancient Greeks to modern western culture is incalculable. In the worlds of art, architecture, myth, literature, and philosophy, the world we live in would be unrecognizably different without the formative influence of Ancient Greek models. Ancient Greek civilization was defined by the city - in Greek, the polis, from which we derive "politics". It is above all this feature of Greek civilization that has formed its most enduring legacy, spawning such key terms as aristocracy, oligarchy, tyranny and - last but by no means least -democracy. This stimulating Very Short Introduction to Ancient Greece takes the polis as its starting point. Paul Cartledge uses the history of eleven major Greek cities to illuminate the most important and informative themes in Ancient Greek history, from the first documented use of the Greek language around1400 BCE, through the glories of the Classical and Hellenistic periods, to the foundation of the Byzantine empire in around CE 330. Covering everything from politics, trade, and travel to slavery, gender, religion, and philosophy, it provides the ideal concise introduction to the history and cultureof this remarkable civilization that helped give birth to the world as we know it.

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The contribution of the Ancient Greeks to modern western culture is incalculable. In the worlds of art, architecture, myth, literature, and philosophy, the world we live in would be unrecognizably different without the formative influence of Ancient Greek models. Ancient Greek civilization was defined by the city - in Greek, the polis,...

Paul Cartledge is the inaugural A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture in the Faculty of classics at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Clare College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:November 27, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent overview of the history of Ancient Greece. Paul Cartledge's approach is effective and engaging, exploring various sites in Greece and beyond that give the reader insights into the larger arc of Greek history, ranging from Knossos and Mycenae representing the Bronze Age to Alexandria representing Hellenistic Greece as well as sites exploring aspects of the Archaic and Classical Greece. We see the scope of Greek history and its accomplishments, and Cartledge does a wonderful job of engaging the reader making them want to read and learn about these communities and what they represented in the progress of Greek history.
Date published: 2016-12-24

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Knossos3. Mycenae4. Argos5. Sparta6. Massalia7. Miletos8. Athens9. Thebes10. Alexandria11. Byzantium12. ConclusionPrefaceGlossaryTimeline

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"A tremendously readable tour d'horizon that goes far beyond Athens and Sparta to explore the roots of Greek civilization." --Justin Marozzi, Evening Standard 19.11.09