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Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History Hardcover – 15 Oct 1998

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  • Hardcover: 542 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA (15 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195097424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195097429
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 3.6 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,026,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ancient Greece is an excellent text. The authors' shared opinion that ancient Greece is 'one of the most improbable success stories in all of world history' unfolds in a happy combination of the traditional detail of familiar names and events along with a tale of the nameless many--even slaves, women, children, and non-Greeks." --Carol Thomas, Professor of History, University of Washington and President of the Association of Ancient Historians"My students and I have been waiting for such a clear and fluid reconstruction of Greek history--an unusually smooth blend of political, social, and cultural history. By authors widely recognized for their commitment to teaching as well as scholarship, this work has many strengths and pedagogical virtues." --Donald G. Kyle, Professor of History, University of Texas at Arlington --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Sarah Pomeroy is Professor of Classics at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Stanley M. Burstein is Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at California State University, Los Angeles. Walter Donlan is Professor of Classics at the University of California, Irvine. Jennifer Tolbert Roberts is Professor of Classics and History at the City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center.


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Format: Paperback
One of the best things about this book is that it's current and up to date on the most recent dicoveries in ancient Greek history. It provides the reader with a clear and organized history of Greece which both the novice and student can appreciate. It also includes great original sources, which are sometimes difficult to come by, and excellent maps. This is a great review for pulling all the facts together.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Nov. 2015
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This is one of those books that you’re mighty glad you’ve got, as you refer to it often, for specific instances of information, or for backgound/overview of broader topics within the theme of the political, social and cultural history of Ancient Greece. This review covers the second edition, published in 2007, and there is now a third edition published in 2012.

The book is nearly 600 pages long, and contains a great amount of information, divided into most accessible sections and subsections, well indexed and referenced and with lots of interesting maps, diagrams and photographs. The authors are all Professors of History and/or Classics, and the book that they have created is a most useful one for those new to the subject of Ancient Greece, or for those like me who are looking for more detail, or reference material.

There are twelve chapters in the book, covering:
Introduction
Early Greece and the Bronze Age
The Dark Age of Greece and the Eighth-Centry Renaissance c.1200-700 BC
Archaic Greece c.700-480 BC
Sparta
The Growth of Athens and the Persian Wars
The rivalries of the Greek city-states and the growth of Athenian democracy
Greece on the eve of the Peloponnesian War
The Peloponnesian War
The crisis of the polis and the age of shifting hegemonies
Philip II and the rise of Macedon
Alexander the Great
Alexander’s successors and the cosmopolis

This book, and by definition I would imagine you could include the latest edition of the book, is most worthwhile, and highly recommended.
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I'm studying ancient history as part of my degree, and this book was recommended by the lecturer as a good place to start... Its very readable without being too simple.
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Format: Paperback
great overview for Greek history, very easy to read and still contains all important information, cheap if bought in used condition, helped me very much with my studies
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