A Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture (4th edition)

ISBN : 9780190925369

Sarah B. Pomeroy; Stanley M. Burstein; Walter Donlan; Jennifer Tolbert Roberts; David W. Tandy; Georgia Tsouvala
464 Pages
191 x 235 mm
Pub date
Sep 2019
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  • Provides uniquely in-depth coverage of social and cultural topics including women and family life, material culture, religion, law, homosexuality, slavery, athletics, and life in the countryside
  • Incorporates the most recent discoveries in archeology, comparative anthropology, and social history
  • Excerpts from ancient documents, selective recommendations for further reading, and a timeline and general introduction provide a bird's-eye view of Greek history
  • Represents the collaboration of scholars who are experts in different areas of Greek history
  • Two sets of color plates provide ample evidence from material culture
  • Key terms (boldfaced at their first appearance) and an extensive glossary

Revised and updated throughout, the fourth edition of A Brief History of Ancient Greece presents the political, social, cultural, and economic history and civilization of ancient Greece in all its complexity and variety. Written by six leading ancient Greek historians, this captivating study covers Greek history from the Bronze Age into the Roman period.


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Translations Used by Permission

Sources: How We Know About the Ancient Greeks
Retrieving the Past: The Material Record
Retrieving the Past: The Written RecordA Synopsis of Written Sources by Periods
The Physical Context: The Land of Greece
1. Early Greece and the Bronze Age
2. The Early Iron Age (c. 1200-750/700 BC)
3. Archaic Greece (c. 750/700-480 BC)
4. Sparta
5. The Growth of Athens and the Persian Wars
6. The Rivalries of the Greek City-States and the Growth of Athenian Democracy
7. Greek Life and Culture in the Fifth Century
8. The Peloponnesian War
9. The Fourth Century: Changing Ideas, Continuing Warfare
10. Philip II and Macedonian Supremacy
11. Alexander the Great
12. The New World of the Hellenistic Period
13. A Graeco-Roman World
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About the author: 

Sarah B. Pomeroy is Distinguished Professor of Classics and History Emerita at Hunter College and The City University of New York Graduate Center. Stanley M. Burstein is Professor of History Emeritus at California State University, Los Angeles. The late Walter Donlan was Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. Jennifer Tolbert Roberts is Professor of Classics and History at City College and The City University of New York Graduate Center. David W. Tandy is Research Fellow in Classics at the University of Leeds, UK. Georgia Tsouvala is Professor of History at Illinois State University.

"Pomeroy's A Brief History of Ancient Greece continues to be the best and most comprehensive textbook for those interested in ancient Greek history and culture. The new edition stretches from the Bronze Age down through Roman Greece, and makes an effort to include many primary source documents and new archaeological finds. This text is an ideal choice for students and enthusiasts of Greek history (political, social, military, and cultural) and civilization." - Jessica Lamont, Yale University

"A Brief History of Ancient Greece is the standard text that I have relied on since I was an undergraduate, providing the best combination of content coverage, lucid explanation, supplemental materials (including pictures), and price." - Joshua Nuddell, University of Missouri

"This is the best text on the market at acknowledging recent scholarly trends without cutting out the traditional material. The writing is clear and accessible. The maps and color illustrations add a lot of verve." - Andrew Alwine, College of Charleston

"A Brief History of Ancient Greece covers all the major topics in Ancient Greek history via a page-turning chronological narrative. Essentially, this is a finely balanced text, avoiding belabouring topics as well as giving coverage to all the major themes. Its major strengths are its readability, formatting (which fits my course's time frame), cost, and currency." - Montgomery Walker, Yakima Valley College

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