Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction
by Paul Cartledge
Editor: Oxford University Press
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Ancient Greece’s contribution to modern Western culture is incalculableIn the worlds of art, architecture, myth, literature and philosophy, the world in which we live would be unrecognizably different without the influence of Greek antiquity, Greek models, and so on.Ancient Greek civilization was defined by the city – in Greek, polis, from which we derive’politics’.It is above all this characteristic of Greek civilization that has formed its most enduring heritage, the spawning of these key terms of aristocracy, oligarchy, tyranny and last but not least – democracy.This Very Short Stimulant Introduction to Ancient Greece takes polis as a starting pointPaul Cartledge uses the history of eleven major Greek cities to illuminate the most important and instructive themes in Ancient Greek history, from the first documented use of the Greek language, around 1400 BC, through the glory of the Classical and Hellenistic periods, to the founding of the Byzantine Empire around CE 330Covering everything from politics, trade and travel to slavery, sex, religion, philosophy, it is the ideal concise introduction to the history and culture of this remarkable civilization that helped give birth to the world as we know it.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Presentations in the Oxford University Press series contains hundreds of titles in almost every fieldThese paperback books are the ideal way to get in advance into a new topic quicklyOur experts and authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas and enthusiasm to make it interesting and stimulating topics very readable.
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