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Ancient Greece: A Political, Social and Cultural History

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Written by four leading authorities on the classical world, Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History introduces students to the history and civilization of ancient Greece in all its complexity and variety. The most comprehensive and balanced history of ancient Greece that covers the entire period from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Era, it integrat ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published January 21st 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published October 22nd 1998)
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David Withun
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Not a bad overall introduction to ancient Greece. However, the authors seem to spend way too much of their time talking about the exceptions that prove the rule and about what ancient Greece could have been rather than discussing the cold, hard facts of ancient Greek life. For example, the authors feel the need to constantly quote and discuss the lone individual from ancient Greece who happened to think that slavery or the disenfranchisement of women were unjust, meanwhile glossing over the fact ...more
Jun 11, 2017 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uni
gotta love learning the entire semester in one week god bless
Apr 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, classical
An excellent overview of Greece that doesn't lose the details or the interesting anecdotes. Pomeroy's influence there and on the role of Greek women is clear.
Harold Coutts
a textbook i actually read from cover to cover? wowie
Jul 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to know more about ancient Greek history but doesn't know where to start.
This is an excellent text on ancient Greek history, aimed at an educated audience that probably knows a bit about the topic, but wants to know more. It's not a textbook, but is written in an almost textbook-ish way; it's very uniformly organized and well-arranged in way that helps the reader follow easily and learn well. The authors give and cite primary sources, as well as suggesting additional reading. I found that the blend of political, social, and cultural history the authors achieved made ...more
Nov 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
An excellent survey of Ancient Greece from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period. This is a huge swath of history to cover in one book, so it does seem a bit thin at times, but as a survey it has far more detail that I would expect. The authors devote almost as much space to the humanities as they do to military affairs, which is refreshing, and they do it a fairly holistic manner. Most of what I've read about ancient Greece has focused on one specific aspect, its military history or phi ...more
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, nonfiction
I think there is a reason why this book is often chosen as a textbook for survey courses in ancient Greek history. It was the book used for the Greek history class I took, and the late Walter Donlan, one of the authors, was my professor. It is well-written and the scope covers Greece during its beginnings and Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Age (the time of Alexander and shortly thereafter). As the subtitle suggests, the book focuses on the politics, society, and culture of ancient Greece. It ...more
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy to read and provides comprehensive coverage of Greek civilization based on ancient texts and physical evidence from the times of the oldest known burial sites to the Hellenic culture of the eastern Roman Empire. It ties together the deep and vivid pictures we get from reading primary sources. Current understanding based on recent scholarship. We continue to learn more about these times, thanks to ever new archaeological finds. Every chapter concludes with a list of suggested readings for pu ...more
Oct 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
The text I used for my Greek history course at undergrad level. It's a good basic-level text which takes you through the history of ancient Greece from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period, detailing all the major political, social and cultural events. Its main plus point is how well it integrates sources into the body of the text. Accessible even to those who have very little prior knowledge of Greek history.
Dave Newton
H.D.F. Kitto's "The Greeks" being rather old now, I was looking for a good overview of ancient Greece, published within the last five years or so, aimed at entry-level university students. I picked up this 2008 edition second hand and it seems to be perfectly aimed at what I wanted.
Mar 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pretty good textbook. It was even fun to read at times, and I learned a hell of a lot. I would love to spend a few years reading nothing but Greek tragedies, Plato, and the pre-Socratics (no Aristotle!!!).
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading now for my class on Ancient Greece, an elective towards my degree.
Binyam Mesfin
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For anyone interested, One of the authors, Donald Kagan, has a very interesting course on "Open Yale Courses"
Sep 24, 2008 rated it liked it
Pretty good for an overview. Readable style, informative texts, good integration of images and primary sources.
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