Thebes: The Forgotten City Of Ancient Greece

September 22, 2020|
Thebes: The Forgotten City Of Ancient Greece by Paul Cartledge
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The riveting, de?nitive account of the ancient Greek city of Thebes, by the acclaimed author of The Spartans
 
Among the extensive writing available about the history of ancient Greece, there is precious little about the city-state of Thebes. At one point the most powerful city in ancient Greece, Thebes has been long overshadowed by its better-known rivals, Athens and Sparta. In Thebes: The Forgotten City of Ancient Greece, acclaimed classicist and historian Paul Cartledge brings the city vividly to life and argues that it is central to our understanding of the ancient Greeks’ achievements—whether politically or culturally—and thus to the wider politico-cultural traditions of western Europe, the Americas, and indeed the world.
 
From its role as an ancient political power, to its destruction at the hands of Alexander the Great as punishment for a failed revolt, to its eventual restoration by Alexander’s successor, Cartledge deftly chronicles the rise and fall of the ancient city. He recounts the history with deep clarity and mastery for the subject and makes clear both the di?erences and the interconnections between the Thebes of myth and the Thebes of history. Written in clear prose and illustrated with images in two color inserts, Thebes is a gripping read for students of ancient history and those looking to experience the real city behind the myths of Cadmus, Hercules, and Oedipus.
 
Paul Cartledge is the A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture Emeritus at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Clare College. He has written and edited more than 20 books, many of which have been translated into foreign languages, including The Spartans, Alexander the Great, and Thermopylae, all published by The Overlook Pres...
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Title:Thebes: The Forgotten City Of Ancient Greece
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:336 pages, 9.38 X 6.25 X 1.12 in
Shipping dimensions:336 pages, 9.38 X 6.25 X 1.12 in
Published:September 22, 2020
Publisher:Harry N. Abrams
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781468316063

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