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.
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.
Great introduction to Greek history that is concise but covers the period in appropriate detail. Also includes full colour photographs and diagrams of ancient Greek art and monuments which are useful sources, particularly for the archaic period of Greek history from which there are very few surviving written sources.