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Democracy and Classical Greece (Fontana History of the Ancient World) [Paperback]

J. K. Davies
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24 April 1993 Fontana History of the Ancient World
The art of classical Greece, and its political and philosophical ideas, have had a profound influence on Western civilization. It was in the fifth and fourth centuries BC that this culture - material, political and intellectual - reached its zenith, and it is this period that is examined in this book. This text is part of the "Fontana History of the Ancient World" series that also includes "Early Greece" by Oswyn Murray.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Fontana Press; Second edition edition (24 April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006862519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006862512
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Davies has produced a perceptive, readable narrative, filled with sensible insights and enriched with a generous and judicious selection of quotations from sources...[He] skillfully interweaves social and cultural history with political and military matters. Students--and some historians--will benefit from his deft exegesis of texts (inscriptions, plays, philosophic pieces, anecdotes) and his cautionary reminders of what we do not know about the past...All in all, this is the best short history of Greece on the market. -- Thomas W. Africa The Historian [UK] [Democracy and Classical Greece] manages in brief compass to convey through quotation the nature of the main sources and critically to assess their limitations, biases and restricted concerns, and seeks constantly not to be bound by these limitations in the attempt to tease out underlying patterns of development and explanation...Constant stimulation...fresh thought. -- N. R. E. Fisher History Today Together these five compact volumes [Early Greece by Oswyn Murray, Democracy and Classical Greece by J. K. Davies, The Hellenistic World by F. W. Walbank, The Roman Republic by Michael Crawford, The Later Roman Empire by Averil Cameron, all available from Harvard] cover much of the history of the classical world, and do so with both ease and authority...For this new series they have been revised or otherwise brought up to date. Washington Post Book World --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The art of classical Greece, and its political and philosophical ideas, have had a profound influence on Western civilisation. It was in the fifth and fourth centuries BC that this Greek culture – material, political and intellectual – reached its zenith. At the same time, the Greek states were at their most powerful and quarrelsome.

J.K. Davies traces the flowering of this extraordinary society, drawing on a wealth of documentary material: houses and graves, extant sculpture and vases, as well as the writings of historians, orators, biographers, dramatists and philosophers.

Much of the material from these, the best-documented centuries in Greek history presents a formidable challenge to the interpreter. J.K. Davies builds, chapter by chapter, a coherent narrative of events from often sketchy or inconsistent sources, and shows how sometimes the same evidence can throw up quite different interpretations. He uses the material to create a rich and vivid picture of a changing society whose values and achievements have so influenced our own.

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5.0 out of 5 stars democracy and classical greece 7 Mar 2012
This was a reading list item from the Open University for Classical Studies. A very useful and interesting read. Worth having for relevant studies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars it coud be better than it is 23 Dec 2009
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This book could be much better than it is. It contains many details about ancient Greece of the classical period taken from the literature (quotes from classic sources are in most cases interesting and properly chosen) and also archaeological sources. But style of this book is horribly dry, what makes this book even boring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good analysis of interesting times 14 Oct 2007
By Bruce P. Barten - Published on Amazon.com
I have been interested in history since I was young. As a boy, I heard so much about things in the Bible, finding out about things that were going on at the same time in part of the world that was also influenced by Egypt without having been slaves there, etc., I actually became more interested in philosophy than in the political structures of those times. Those who think they already know how to spell might struggle to get used to Sokrates and maps that have cities with different spellings than in the text: Corinth in the index shows up as Korinth on maps 1, 2 and 3, etc. Athens and Sparta played large roles in Greece, but Syracuse, the Carthaginians, and local groups struggled to control cities in Sicily and Southern Italy that are shown on map 4. The second edition, with a chapter that includes many speeches from the court proceedings in Athens, helps to show how court speeches depend on points of view that would be more likely among millionaires and billionaires now, particularly those who tend to be the purest of bastards, than among the lowly slaves that were captured when some cities were wiped out. Democracy sprang up in Greece occasionally, but that is only a small part of what this book is about, and modern life seems to be similarly demented for those whose intellectual viewpoints know a number of wide stances, etc.
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