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History of Greece: From the Time of Solon to 403 BC

History of Greece: From the Time of Solon to 403 BC [Kindle Edition]

George Grote , M.O.B. Caspari , J.M. Mitchell
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'George Grote was one of the most remarkable minds of the early Victorian age Routledge's reissue prefaced with an illuminating new introduction by Paul Cartledge, provides the best chance that there is likely to be of bringing him to a modern readership.' - Richard Jenkins, London Review of Books

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Grote's History of Greece is one of the classic works of historical interpretation and scholarship. George Grote - banker, MP and a founder of London University - was the first historian to give a high value to the Greek creation of democracy, and this aspect of his work is closely relevant to current debates about democracy in our times. This abridgement of the original twelve volume work, which was made in the early years of the century and published by George Routledge and sons, is now available again and makes accessible the essential Grote.
In a new and original introduction, based on the latest research into Grote and into Greek history, Paul Cartledge places Grote's history in its intellectual context, discusses its salient features and traces its subsequent reception over the past century and a half.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6294 KB
  • Print Length: 1017 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0415223695
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; Abridged Ed edition (13 May 2013)
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 26 July 2014
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Badly bound, too small printnewspaper style format. Me no liky!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The lost art of readable scholarship 30 Dec 2010
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This is the sort of book that I tend to pass up because it's outdated. I mean, archaeology has come a long way since the 1870s, right? However, Grote's writing is so enthrallingly readable and memorable as to make me feel like most of my prior reading in this area (non-professional, but not exactly light) has been a waste of time. If you read, say, the Routledge History of the Ancient World volumes covering this period, you'll be up-to-date--provided you can retain any facts at all from the verbal oatmeal that those volumes' authors purvey. If you read Grote, however, you'll remember who these ancient Athenians were, and why they mattered. He's not the last person to read on this subject, but I'm finding that he provides an excellent starting point, helping me to contextualize folks like Herodotus and Thucydides, Kleisthenes and Solon, and to realize how much more sense modern Western political history makes sense when they're in the picture. (His description of the popular appeal of the oligarchical party at Athens, vs. the more truly democratic Pericles who was nevertheless scorned as being hard for poor people to relate to, brought back thoughts of the 2008 Presidential election.)
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