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on 28 December 2015
Fantastic book for my daughters university course and much cheaper than the bookshops the university recommended.
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on 9 June 1999
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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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 14 November 2015
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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on 12 December 2010
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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on 28 December 2016
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.
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on 22 July 2015
I already owned this book but, have lost it in a move. I enjoyed and learned so much the first time I read it, I just had to get another copy for my library of books.
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on 4 May 2014
This book was very useful when it came to studying in my classics degree.
Would suggest to anyone interested in ancient Greece.
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on 19 February 2013
This book will bring you back to those times and how it was wil cristalize in your mind! Have fun!
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on 5 December 2010
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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on 1 February 2009
a superb start to this book just what i wanted. a real incite to the beginnings of ancient greece. if the remainder is as good i shall be delighted.
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