Themes in Greek Society and Culture: An Introduction

Paperback | February 1, 2017

EditorAllison Glazebrook, Christina Vester

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Covering the Bronze Age, as well as the Archaic, Classical, and early Hellenistic periods, Themes in Greek Society and Culture introduces students to central aspects of ancient Greek society. The volume brings together 19 expert contributors who explore the institutions, structures,activities, and cultural output that formed the experience of living in ancient Greece.

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Covering the Bronze Age, as well as the Archaic, Classical, and early Hellenistic periods, Themes in Greek Society and Culture introduces students to central aspects of ancient Greek society. The volume brings together 19 expert contributors who explore the institutions, structures,activities, and cultural output that formed the experi...

Allison Glazebrook is an Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at Brock University. Christina Vester is an Associate Professor in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Waterloo.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:504 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.66 inPublished:February 1, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Note: Each chapter contains:- Opener- Timeline- Introduction- Primary Source boxes (1-8 per chapter)- Controversy boxes- Links to Other Chapters- Key Terms- Summary- End-of-chapter questions (5-10 per chapter)- Further Reading- Notes- Works CitedIntroductionOverview of VolumePrimary and Secondary SourcesAn Evolving DisciplineApproaching the EvidenceOrganization of VolumeImportant ConventionsResources1. The Greek Bronze Age: Origins and Collapse, Brendan BurkeThe First GreeksEarly and Middle Helladic GreeceMiddle Bronze AgeInventing the Minoans and MycenaeansPlaces of CreteExplaining the Emergence of Aegean CivilizationMinoan and Mycenaean ReligionMinoans and Mycenaeans AbroadMycenaean GreeceEnd of the Bronze Age2. The Ancient Greeks: From Mycenae to Macedon, Ron KroekerSourcesDark Age (1100-750 BCE)Archaic Period (750-480 BCE)Classical Greece (480-323 BCE)Hellenistic Period (323-31 BCE)Primary Sources3. Ordering the Polis: Government and Public Administration, Matthew A. SearsRise of the PolisTypes of ConstitutionThe Physical SettingThe End of the PolisPrimary Sources4. War and Peace, Sheila AgerCitizens and SoldiersWar: Conquest and DefencePeace and DiplomacyBurdens of War and Longing for PeacePrimary Sources5. Sparta: Separating Reality from Mirage, Noreen HumbleSourcesGeographyDemography - Take OneLycurgus and Political StabilitySocietal StructureArt, Music, and ReligionWomenDemography - Take TwoPrimary Sources6. Going to Market: The Economy and Society, Ben AkriggGrowthEnvironmentHousehold EconomiesCity EconomiesPrimary Sources7. Connecting to the Divine: Greek Cult and Ritual, Bonnie MacLachlanFrom the Beginning: The Aegean Bronze AgeThe Archaic and Classical PeriodsHellenistic ReligionPrimary Sources8. Finding a Balance: Law and Justice in Ancient Greece, Judith FletcherThe Concept of JusticeCommon Features of Greek LawEarly Legal SystemsPrimary Sources9. Status and Class Jeremy TrevettStatus in Classical AthensStatus Differences and the LawClassPrimary Sources10. Slaves and Slavery Rob TordoffProblems and MethodologyDefining Ancient Greek SlaverySources of Slaves and the Slave TradeCosts and BenefitsSlave LabourThe Practice and Ideology of Slave HoldingThe World of SlavesPrimary Sources11. From Birth to Death: Disease, Disability and Health, Maria A. ListonAncient MedicineBirthChildhood DiseaseAdultsLifespan and DeathPrimary Sources12. Gender and Sexuality, Allison GlazebrookThe EvidenceConstructing GenderPrimary Sources13. Women and the Greek Household, Christina VesterSourcesOlynthus and the Greek HouseThe Greek House: Survival and GrowthPerpetuating the Oikos: The FamilyPrimary Sources14. At the Gymnasium: Competition and Sport, Reyes Bertolin-CebrianEvidence for Greek SportTypes of CompetitionsEvents at CompetitionsTraining of AthletesSpartaPrimary Sources15. Literature and Performance, Andrew FaulknerHomer and Oral Hexameter PoetryLyric Poetry: Sappho and PindarAthenian Tragedy and ComedyPrimary Sources16. Art and Architecture, Marina HaworthGeometric Period 900-700 BCEOrientalising Period 700-700 BCEArchaic Period 600-480 BCEClassical Period 480-323 BCEThe Hellenistic Period 323-30 BCEPrimary Sources17. Philosophy (600-300 BCE), Vernon ProvencalThe Presocratic Sphinx of Early Greek Philosophy (600-450 BCE)Humanism and the Sophists (450-400 BCE)A Good Idea: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle (4th Century BCE)Hellenistic Philosophy and Individualism (3rd-1st Centuries BCE)Thematic OverviewPrimary Sources18. Ancient Macedonia: The Emergence of a New World Order, Frances PownallThe Nature of the EvidenceThe Physical WorldHistorical OverviewMacedonian Kingship and Political InstitutionsMacedonian Royal WomenMacedonian CultureMacedonian ArtMacedonian ReligionMacedonian EthnicityPrimary Sources19. The Past in the Present: Ancient Greece in Western Culture, Aara SuksiThe Iliad's Shield of Achilles and its ReceptionGreek and Roman Receptions of Achilles' ShieldThe Modern WorldPrimary SourcesConclusionGlossaryIndex

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"This would be an excellent text for a course with an emphasis on the social/cultural history of ancient Greece." --Heather Loube, University of Ottawa