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A Brief History of Ancient Greece; Politics, Society, and Culture

ISBN: 9780195156812 | 0195156811
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pub. Date: 1/15/2004

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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 ofAncient 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 historyin 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 developeda 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 evidencefrom 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 noknowledge of Greece. Ideal for courses in Greek Civilization and Ancient Greece, A Brief History of Ancient Greece offers: BL A more streamlined treatment of political and military history than Ancient Greece BL Emphasis on social and domestic life, art and architecture, literature, and philosophy BL Expanded coverage of women and family life, religion, and athletics BL A new section on male homosexuality in ancient Greece BL A revised art program featuring more than 100 illustrations and 17 original maps BL Numerous "document boxes" that include primary source material

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