Classical Greece, 500-323 BC

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Robin Osborne, University Lecturer in Ancient History and Fellow and Tutor Robin Osborne
Oxford University Press, 2000 - History - 271 pages
Strong, clear, themed discussions;informative use of selected ancient authors. Captures the age of Athens and Sparta and the big social and cultural changes well. Deserves to oust the obsolete works that are still too easy to find! Dr Graham Shipley, Head of Ancient History Division, School of Archaeology andamp; Ancient History, University of Leicester'In an attempt to re-contextualise the phenomenon of classical Greece, this new volume in The Short Oxford History of Europe uses a topical-based approach to challenge traditional chronological narratives. The nine specially commissioned essays by seven authors step through the Economy, the City, War, Political Conflicts and Private Life before examining the political-military flow of events. This will stimulate students to think beyond diachronic approaches and to re-examine their own understanding how the Greeks lived.' -John Lewis, Faculty of Classics, Cambridge The Anglo-Hellenic Review No 23Classical Greece provides an analysis of the physical setting of and the archaic legacy to the classical city, its economy, its civic and religious institutions, the waging of war between cities, the occurrence and ancient analysis of conflict within the city, and the private life of the citizen, finishing with history through the fifth and fourth centuries. Robin Osborne presents us with a concise, comprehensive, and authoritative book that will be enjoyed by the classics and history student, those taking courses in classical Greek literature, philosophy, art and archaeology, the academic, and the general reader alike.
 

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Contents

The creation of classical Greece
1
The economy
23
The classical city
52
The city at war
81
Political conflicts political debates and political thought
111
Private life
139
The fifth century political and military narrative
170
The fourth century political and military narrative
197
Epilogue
223
Further Reading
232
Chronology
237
Glossary
240
List of Ancient Authors
241
Maps
247
Index
251
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Robin Osborne is a Professor of Ancient History in the University of oxford and Fellow of Corpus Christi College. He is the author of Demos: The Discovery of Classical Attika 91985), Classical Landscape with Figures: The Ancient Greek City and its Countryside (1987), Greece in the making 1200-479BC (1996), and Archaic and Classical Greek Art (1998).

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