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Title:
The world of the Ancient Greeks
Author:
Camp, John McK., II, 1946-
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Publication Information:
London : Thames & Hudson, [2002]

©2002
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224 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780500051122
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Book

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Summary

Summary

DEGREEST Ancient Greeks
DEGREESAby John Camp DEGREESDThe ancient Greeks set out from their mountainous land at the end of the Balkan peninsula to colonize and settle almost all the Mediterranean and Black Sea coasts. These remarkable people have left their imprint on virtually every aspect of modern politics, theater, art, philosophy, medicine, architecture, and athletics.

Here is their story, told within its historical and cultural framework. The eastern Mediterranean has always been a point of contact and conflict between East and West, and the book relates how the Greeks interacted, both peaceably and otherwise, with the surrounding culturesuMinoans, Phoenicians, Lydians, Persians, and Romans. Herodotus began his account of the Persian Wars in the fifth century BC by saying that the trouble started 700 years earlier, with the events leading up to the Trojan War. Over time the struggle surged back and forth across the Aegean: Greece against Troy, Greek migration and settlement in Asia Minor, Persian invasions of Greece, Alexander's conquest of Asia, Roman intervention in the Greek world.

The world of the ancient Greeks is presented here in chronological order, from the Bronze Age to the Christian era, a span of some 3,500 years. Athens plays a large role, but other Greek cities are given much closer attention than in standard accounts. Individual chapters look at the Greeks and their gods, and Greek art and architecture. The result is a sweeping and authoritative survey of a culture that made an unparalleled contribution to the rise of Western civilization. 280 illustrations and phtotographs, 90 in color.


Table of Contents

I Who were the Greeks?
The Ancient Greeks Definedp. 8
Historical Outlinep. 14
Written Sources and Archaeological Discoveriesp. 20
II The First Greeks
Palaeolithic and Neolithic Greecep. 26
The Early Bronze Agep. 30
The Arrival of the Greeksp. 34
III The Heroic Age
The Mycenaean Palacep. 38
The Mycenaean Worldp. 46
Cretep. 48
History or Myth?p. 52
The End of the Palacesp. 56
IV The Age of Expanding Horizons
After the Palaces: The Dark Agesp. 60
Colonizationp. 66
Panhellenismp. 68
Eastern Influencep. 70
The Beginnings of Greek Literaturep. 74
V Polis: The Early Greek City
The Greek Cityp. 78
Regional Diversityp. 88
Cities of the Mainlandp. 84
East Greek Citiesp. 94
Western Greek Citiesp. 102
The Fight for Survivalp. 110
VI Classical Athens
The Rise of Athensp. 118
Government and Lawp. 120
Commerce and Businessp. 124
Religious Lifep. 126
The Dionysia and Greek Theatrep. 134
Intellectual Life: Education and Philosophyp. 138
Private Lifep. 140
VII Gods and Heroes
Sanctuaries, Festivals and Sacrificesp. 144
The Twelve Olympian Godsp. 146
Heroesp. 152
The Panhellenic Festivalsp. 154
Medicine and Healing Cultsp. 160
Oracular Shrinesp. 162
VIII Greek Art and Architecture
Architecturep. 166
Sculpturep. 174
Potteryp. 182
Paintingp. 184
Metalworkp. 186
IX Alexander and the Hellenistic World
Historical Backgroundp. 190
The Conquest of Asiap. 194
The Hellenistic Kingdomsp. 196
X Romans and Christians
Roman Philhellenismp. 202
Hadrian and the Greek Worldp. 206
The Rise of Christianityp. 208
Epilogue: Byzantines, Franks and Ottomansp. 212
Gazetteerp. 214
Further Readingp. 217
Illustration Creditsp. 219
Indexp. 220