A Brief History of Ancient Greece


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Author  Sarah B. Pomeroy
Publisher  Oxford University Press
Publication Date   January 15, 2004
ISBN  0195156811
Pages  384

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The story of the ancient Greeks is one of the most improbable success stories in world history. A small people inhabiting a country poor in resources and divided into hundreds of quarreling states created one of the most remarkable civilizations. Comprehensive and balanced, A Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture is a new and shorter version of the authors' highly successful Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History (OUP, 1998). Four leading authorities on the classical world offer a lively and up-to-date account of Greek civilization and history in all its complexity and variety, covering the entire period from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Era, and integrating the most recent research in archaeology, comparative anthropology, and social history. They show how the early Greeks borrowed from their neighbors but eventually developed a distinctive culture all their own, one that was marked by astonishing creativity, versatility, and resilience. The authors go on to trace the complex and surprising evolution of Greek civilization to its eventual dissolution as it merged with a variety of other cultures. Using physical evidence from archaeology, the written testimony of literary texts and inscriptions, and anthropological models based on comparative studies, this compact volume provides an account of the Greek world that is thoughtful and sophisticated yet accessible to students and general readers with little or no knowledge of Greece.

Ideal for courses in Greek Civilization and Ancient Greece, A Brief History of Ancient Greece offers:

· A more streamlined treatment of political and military history than Ancient Greece

· Emphasis on social and domestic life, art and architecture, literature, and philosophy

· Expanded coverage of women and family life, religion, and athletics

· A new section on male homosexuality in ancient Greece

· A revised art program featuring more than 100 illustrations and 17 original maps

· Numerous "document boxes" that include primary source material

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