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A Companion to the Classical Greek World

Konrad H. Kinzl (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-23014-4
632 pages
December 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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This Companion provides scholarly yet accessible new interpretations of Greek history of the Classical period, from the aftermath of the Persian Wars in 478 B.C. to the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C.
  • Topics covered range from the political and institutional structures of Greek society, to literature, art, economics, society, warfare, geography and the environment
  • Discusses the problems of interpreting the various sources for the period
  • Guides the reader towards a broadly-based understanding of the history of the Classical Age
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Notes on Contributors x

Preface xiv

Abbreviations and a Note on Spelling xv

Maps xviii

1 The Classical Age as a Historical Epoch 1
Uwe Walter

2 The Literary Sources 26
P. J. Rhodes

3 The Non-Literary Written Sources 45
P. J. Rhodes

4 The Contribution of the Non-Written Sources 64
Björn Forsén

5 Athens, Sparta and the Wider World 84
Roger Brock

6 Aegean Greece 99
Kai Brodersen

7 The Central and Northern Balkan Peninsula 115
Zofia Halina Archibald

8 The Greek Cities of the Black Sea 137
Stanley M. Burstein

9 Western Greece (Magna Graecia) 153
Peter Funke

10 Beyond Magna Graecia: Greeks and Non-Greeks in France, Spain and Italy 174
Kathryn Lomas

11 The Eastern Mediterranean and Beyond: The Relations between the Worlds of the ‘Greek’ and ‘Non-Greek’ Civilizations 197
Robert Rollinger

12 The Natural Environment 227
J. Donald Hughes

13 Environments and Landscapes of Greek Culture 245
Lin Foxhall

14 The Economic Realities 281
G. J. Oliver

15 Religious Practice and Belief 311
Emily Kearns

16 Citizens, Foreigners and Slaves in Greek Society 327
Nick Fisher

17 Women and Ethnicity in Classical Greece: Changing the Paradigms 350
Sarah B. Pomeroy

18 Greek Government 367
Lynette G. Mitchell

19 Democracy 387
Kurt A. Raaflaub

20 Law and Rhetoric: Community Justice in Athenian Courts 416
Robert W. Wallace

21 The Organization of Knowledge 432
Susan Prince

22 From Classical to Hellenistic Art 456
Steven Lattimore

23 Warfare in the Classical Age 480
John W. I. Lee

24 The Greek World, 478–432 509
Thomas Harrison

25 The Peloponnesian War and its Aftermath 526
Karl-Wilhelm Welwei

26 The Greek World, 371–336 544
Bruce LaForse

27 The Conquests of Alexander the Great 560
Waldemar Heckel

Index 589

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Author Information

Konrad H. Kinzl is Emeritus Professor of Ancient History at Trent University, Canada. He is editor of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean (1977), Die ältere Tyrannis (1979), Problems and Method in Greek History (1988) and Demokratia (1995), as well as author of Miltiades‑Forschungen (1968) and articles on archaic and classical Greek history and the sources..
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  • A cutting-edge Companion to classical Greek history from the aftermath of the Persian Wars in 478 B.C. to the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC
  • Provides scholarly yet accessible new interpretations of the events of classical Greek history.
  • Topics covered range from the political and institutional structures of Greek society, to literature, art, economics, society, warfare, geography and the environment.
  • Discusses the problems of interpreting the various sources for the period.
  • Guides the reader towards a broadly-based understanding of the history of the Classical Age.
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Reviews

"This collection of material is especially valuable for the holistic approach it takes in assessing the world of the fifth and fourth centuries. The focus is not narrow or purely literary and artistic. Thus, chapters on the Aegean world, the natural habitat, and the geological basis of the Greek environment place Greek society, farming, and settlement in a context far more deeply rooted than any purely literary study." (Pheonix, 2009)

"This is a volume of high quality…Here above all one can be confident that readers in general, and students in particular, will recognize guides through the period which are…sound, up-to-date and user-friendly…" (The Classical Review, Vol 58 No. 1 2008)

"Kinzl’s Companion on the Greek world in the classical period is a work of unrivalled geographical and conceptual scope. The papers are up to date, with excellent bibliographies, and will be of use to students and professionals…The volume demonstrates that Greek history consists of much more than political institutions and great power conflicts; it integrates literary and material evidence; it amounts to one of the most successful attempt (sic) at creating a non-Athenocentric history of classical Greece.  Moreover, the arrangement of the volume suggests an editorial decision to think of Greek history not just in terms of the chronological narrative but also in terms of spatial and thematic accounts…" (Greece and Rome, Vol 55 No. 2 2008)

"Logically arranged and thoroughly indexed. This whole series is building … into an indispensable scholarly reference source on the ancient world; this latest volume adds considerable substance to that reputation." (Reference Reviews)

"Carefully researched pieces, written at level [of] peer-reviewed journals … highly recommended … most comprehensive and best single-volume work on the Classical period of Greek history on the market." (European Legacy Journal)

"This book deserves a place on the shelf of anyone interested, at any almost level, in classical Greek history." (University of Toronto Quarterly)

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