OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Creators, Conquerors, and Citizens: A History of Ancient Greece

ISBN : 9780198853121

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¥3,069
Author: 
Robin Waterfield
Pages
544 Pages
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Paperback
Size
135 x 216 mm
Pub date
Feb 2020
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WE GREEKS ARE ONE IN BLOOD AND ONE IN LANGUAGE; WE HAVE TEMPLES TO THE GODS AND RELIGIOUS RITES IN COMMON, AND A COMMON WAY OF LIFE.'

So the fifth-century historian Herodotus has the Athenians declare, in explanation of why they would never betray their fellow Greeks to their 'barbarian' Persian enemy. And he could easily have added other common features to this list, such as clothing, culinary traditions, and political institutions.

But if the Greeks understood their kinship to one another, why did so many of them fight for the invading Persians? And why, more generally, is ancient Greek history so often one of internecine wars and other, less violent forms of competition? This extraordinary contradiction is the central theme of Robin Waterfield's magisterial new history of ancient Greece.

From their emergence in the Mediterranean around 750 BCE to the Roman conquest of the last of the Greco-Macedonian kingdoms in 30 BCE, this is the complete story of the ancient Greeks. Equal weight is given to all eras of Greek history-the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods-and to the celebrated figures who shaped it, from Solon and Pericles to Alexander and Cleopatra. In addition, by incorporating the most recent scholarship in classical history and archaeology, the book provides fascinating insights into Greek law, religion, philosophy, drama, and the role of women and slaves in ancient Greek society. A brilliant account of a remarkable civilization, Creators, Conquerors, and Citizens presents a comprehensive and compelling portrait of the perennial paradox of ancient Greece: political disunity combined with underlying cultural solidarity.

Index: 

Preface and Acknowledgements

List of Illustrations

List of Maps

Chronology and King Lists

Introduction I: Historical Background

Introduction II: Environmental Background

ACT I: The Archaic Period (c. 750-480): The Formation of States

1 The Emergence of the Greeks in the Mediterranean

2 Aristocracy and the Archaic State

3 The Archaic Greek World

4 Early Athens

5 The Democratic Revolution

6 Sparta

7 Greek Religion

8 The Persian Wars

9 The Greeks at War

ACT II: The Classical Period (479-323): A Tale, Mainly, of Two Cities

10 The Delian League

11 The Economy of Greece

12 Athens in the Age of Pericles

13 Women, Sexuality, and Family Life

14 The Peloponnesian War

15 The Insatiability of ASyracuse

16 Socrates and the Thirty Tyrants

17 The Futility of War

18 The Macedonian Conquest

19 Alexander the Great

ACT III: The Hellenistic Period (323-30): Greeks, Macedonians, and Romans

20 The Successor Kingdoms

21 A Time of Adjustment

22 The Greek Cities in the New World

23 Social Life and Intellectual Culture

24 The Roman Conquest

25 A Feat of Imagination

Glossary

Recommended Reading

Index

About the author: 

Robin Waterfield is an independent scholar, living in southern Greece. In addition to more than twenty-five translations of works of Greek literature, he is the author of numerous books, most recently Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great's Empire (2011) and Taken at the Flood: The Roman Conquest of Greece (2014), also published by Oxford University Press.

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