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Events that changed Ancient Greece
Vivante, Bella.
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
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xi, 224 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The first Greeks (18th-12th century B.C.E.): The Mycenaeans: early Greek civilization: Interpretative essay / by Carol G. Thomas -- The archaic age (8th-6th century B.C.E.): Epic poetry, polis, and tyranny: political revolutions and development of ethnic Greek identity: Interpretative essay / by F. E. Romer -- The Olympic games and the rise of Greek religious institutions: Interpretative essay / by Jennifer Larson -- Sparta and Athens: political conservatism and political experimentation: Interpretative essay / by Donald Lateiner -- The rise of Political and cultural imperialism (5th century B.C.E.): The Persian wars: Interpretative essay / by Steven Hirsch -- Athenian imperialism and cultural expansion: the Delian league, the Parthenon, and drama : Interpretative essay / by Robert Garland -- The Peloponnesian war: the challenge to Athens and the triumph of Sparta: Interpretative essay / by John W. I. Lee -- Transition and expansion of empire (4th-1st century B.C.E.): The death of Sokrates and the development of Greek philosophy: Interpretative essay / by Walter G. Englert -- Makedonian conquests: Philip of Makedon and Alexander the great: Interpretative essay / by Joseph Roisman -- Hellenistic empires: spread of Greek culture and rule to the death of Kleopatra: Interpretative essay / by Carl G. Johnson -- Appendices: Glossary of terms -- Timeline of events -- Greek gods and goddesses.
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This one-stop resource for information and examination of the ten most important topics and events in Ancient Greek history is an ideal student companion to a study of Greek civilization. Each chapter focuses on one topic or event and contains two essays: a clear, concise introduction to the event that presents complex, factual material in an easily understandable way, followed by an insightful interpretive essay by a recognized authority that explores the short-term and far-reaching ramifications of the event and encourages critical thinking. Chapters cover: Early Greek civilization; political revolutions and the development of ethnic Greek identity; the Olympic games and the rise of Greek religious institutions; Sparta and Athens; the Persian Wars; Athenian imperialism; the Peloponnesian War; the development of Greek philosophy; Makedonian conquests; and Hellenistic empires.

Each chapter features a full-page illustration of the event and an annotated bibliography that identifies the most important and recent scholarship about the event. Useful appendixes include a timeline of important events in Ancient Greece, a glossary of terms, and a list of Greek gods and goddesses. This resource is an ideal addition to the school and public library reference shelf and is also excellent for supplementary reading in courses on ancient history and culture.

Author Notes

BELLA VIVANTE is Associate Professor of Humanities at the University of Arizona./e In 2000-2001 she was Hennebach Visiting Professor in Humanities at the Colorado School of Mines. She has translated with notes Euripides' Helen in Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides (1998) and is the editor of Women's Roles in Ancient Civilizations: A Reference Guide (Greenwood, 1999).

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Vivante (Univ. of Arizona) has brilliantly updated the traditional introductory history text of Greece, assembling well-rounded thematic essays and setting them firmly in a diachronic framework, from the Mycenaean period to the death of Kleopatra (her choice of spellings, respectively). Her responsible, factual introductions precede equally responsible, elegantly written interpretations by distinguished authorities in each field. Social history, art, and literature inform the discussion of conventional political themes--e.g., "Epic Poetry, Polis, and Tyranny" or "The Delian League, the Parthenon, and Drama"--but never to the neglect of historical fact or clarity of exposition. Modern parallels are discreetly and appropriately drawn. Bibliographies at the end of each section direct the student toward further scholarship. The format and introductory level of the essays are clearly directed toward beginning students. There is a glossary of terms, list of gods and goddesses, and a time line, but only two small maps. Perhaps the literate and curious student (the intended reader) will be able to use electronic databases like Perseus for further information. Highly recommended for high school and community college level collections. C. M. C. Green University of Iowa

Table of Contents

The First Greeks (18th-12th c. B.C.E.)
The Mycenaeans: Early Greek Civilization The Archaic Age (8th-6th c. B.C.E.)
Epic Poetry, Polis and Tyranny
Political Revolutions and Development of Ethnic Greek Identity
The Olympic Games and the Rise of Greek Religious Institutions Sparta and Athens
Political Conservatism and Political Experimentation
The Rise of Political and Cultural Imperialism (5th c. B.C.E.)
The Persian Wars Athenian Imperialism and Cultural Expansion
The Delian League, the Parthenon, and Drama
The Peloponnesian War
The Challenge to Athens and Triumph of Sparta Transition and Expansion of Empire (4th-1st c. B.C.E.)
The Death of Sokrates and Development of Greek Philosophy Makedonian Conquests
Philip of Makedon and Alexander the Great Hellenistic Empires
Spread of Greek Culture and Rule to the Death of Kleopatra
Appendix: Glossary of Terms
Appendix: Timeline of Events
Appendix: Greek Gods and Goddesses