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Ancient Greek Civilization, 3rd Edition

David Sansone

ISBN: 978-1-119-09812-6 September 2016 Wiley-Blackwell 336 Pages


The third edition of Ancient Greek Civilization is a concise, engaging introduction to the history and culture of ancient Greece from the Minoan civilization to the age of the Roman Empire.

  • Explores the evolution and development of Greek art, literature, politics, and thought across history, as well as the ways in which these were affected by Greek interaction with other cultures
  • Now includes additional illustrations and maps, updated notes and references throughout, and an expanded discussion of the Hellenistic period
  • Weaves the latest scholarship and archeological excavations into the narrative at an appropriate level for undergraduates

List of Figures vii

List of Maps xi

List of Timelines xiii

Foreword: Looking Backward xv

1 The Greeks and the Bronze Age 1

2 Iron Age Greece 29

3 The Poems of Hesiod and Homer 49

4 Poetry and Sculpture of the Archaic Period 67

5 Symposia, Seals, and Ceramics in the Archaic Period 87

6 The Birth of Philosophy and the Persian Wars 107

7 Setting the Stage for Democracy 125

8 History and Tragedy in the Fifth Century 147

9 The Peloponnesian War: A Tale of Thucydides 167

10 Stage and Law Court in Late Fifth-century Athens 191

11 The Transformation of the Greek World in the Fourth Century 211

12 Greek Culture in the Hellenistic Period 233

Afterword: Looking Forward 263

Glossary 283

Index 287