A Selection of Ancient Sources in Translation
Author: Michael H. Crawford,David Whitehead
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
View: 8628The aim of this book is to collect in one comprehensive volume a representative selection of ancient sources in translation, with commentary, on the history, institutions, society and economy of the Greek world from c. 750 to 338 BC - that is, the period best known and most important for the evolution of the polis, a form of political community which combined the aspects of city and state in a physical and psychological unity unparalleled either before or since. For us, the inheritors of much that the Greeks created, there is an inherent interest in the way in which they organised their society during these centuries. Although this book assumes no knowledge of Greek, the reader is introduced to a range of key Greek words and concepts which offer a direct insight into the mentality, both collective and individual, of the times. The sources themselves (all of which have been translated by the authors) are supported by introductory commentary, notes, bibliographies, chronological tables and maps. All students and teachers of the history of ancient Greece or of classical civilisation generally will find this book an invaluable tool.
Author: Hans Beck
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
View: 6677This comprehensive volume details the variety of constitutions and types of governing bodies in the ancient Greek world. A collection of original scholarship on ancient Greek governing structures and institutions Explores the multiple manifestations of state action throughout the Greek world Discusses the evolution of government from the Archaic Age to the Hellenistic period, ancient typologies of government, its various branches, principles and procedures and realms of governance Creates a unique synthesis on the spatial and memorial connotations of government by combining the latest institutional research with more recent trends in cultural scholarship
Author: Robin Osborne
View: 894Greece in the Making 1200–479 BC is an accessible and comprehensive account of Greek history from the end of the Bronze Age to the Classical Period. The first edition of this book broke new ground by acknowledging that, barring a small number of archaic poems and inscriptions, the majority of our literary evidence for archaic Greece reported only what later writers wanted to tell, and so was subject to systematic selection and distortion. This book offers a narrative which acknowledges the later traditions, as traditions, but insists that we must primarily confront the contemporary evidence, which is in large part archaeological and art historical, and must make sense of it in its own terms. In this second edition, as well as updating the text to take account of recent scholarship and re-ordering, Robin Osborne has addressed more explicitly the weaknesses and unsustainable interpretations which the first edition chose merely to pass over. He now spells out why this book features no ‘rise of the polis’ and no ‘colonization’, and why the treatment of Greek settlement abroad is necessarily spread over various chapters. Students and teachers alike will particularly appreciate the enhanced discussion of economic history and the more systematic treatment of issues of gender and sexuality.
Author: Simon Hornblower,Antony Spawforth,Esther Eidinow
Publisher: OUP Oxford
View: 5286What did the ancient Greeks eat and drink? What role did migration play? Why was emperor Nero popular with the ordinary people but less so with the upper classes? Why (according to ancient authors) was Oedipus ('with swollen foot') so called? For over 2,000 years the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome have captivated our collective imagination and provided inspiration for so many aspects of our lives, from culture, literature, drama, cinema, and television to society, education, and politics. Many of the roots of the way life is lived in the West today can be traced to the ancient civilizations, not only in politics, law, technology, philosophy, and science, but also in social and family life, language, and art. Beautiful illustrations, clear and authoritative entries, and a useful chronology and bibliography make this Companion the perfect guide for readers interested in learning more about the Graeco-Roman world. As well as providing sound information on all aspects of classical civilization such as history, politics, ethics, morals, law, society, religion, mythology, science and technology, language, literature, art, and scholarship, the entries in the Companion reflect the changing interdisciplinary aspects of classical studies, covering broad thematic subjects, such as race, nationalism, gender, ethics, and ecology, confirming the impact classical civilizations have had on the modern world.
A Political and Social History from the Earliest Times to 490 BC
Author: Keith G. Walker
View: 2797This book presents for the first time a history of Eretria during the Archaic Era, the city's most notable period of political importance and Keith Walker examines all the major elements of the city's success. One of the key factors explored is Eretria's role as a pioneer coloniser in both the Levant and the West - its early Aegaen 'island empire' anticipates that of Athens by more than a century, and Eretrian shipping and trade was similarly widespread. Eretria's major, indeed dominant, role in the events of central Greece in the last half of the sixth century, and in the events of the Ionian Revolt to 490 is clearly demonstrated, and the tyranny of Diagoras (c.538-509), perhaps the golden age of the city, is fully examined. Full documentation of literary, epigraphic and archaeological sources (most of which has previously been inaccessible to an English speaking-audience) is provided, creating a fascinating history and valuable resource for the Greek historian.
Author: Edward Bispham,Thomas J. Harrison,Brian A. Sparkes
View: 3470The Edinburgh Companion is a gateway to the fascinating worlds of ancient Greece and Rome. Wide-ranging in its approach, expert contributors demonstrate the multifaceted nature of classic civilization by drawing together perspectives and methods of different disciplines, from philosophy to history, poetry to archaeology, art history to numismatics, and many more.
Author: Christopher Howgego
View: 3342Like other volumes in this series, Ancient History from Coins demystifies a specialism, introducing students (from first year upwards) to the techniques, methods, problems and advantages of using coins to do ancient history. Coins are a fertile source of information for the ancient historian; yet too often historians are uneasy about using them as evidence because of the special problems attaching to their interpretation. The world of numismatics is not always easy for the non-specialist to penetrate or understand with confidence. Dr Howgego describes and anlyses the main contributions the study of coins can make to ancient history, showing shows through numerous examples how the character, patterns and behaviour of coinage bear on major historical themes. Topics range from state finance and economic policy to imperial domination and political propaganda through coins types. The period covered by the book is from the invention of coinage (ca 600BC) to AD 400.
Author: Peter Siewert
Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag
View: 1350Eine 15-kopfige Arbeitsgruppe legt erstmals alle literarischen Zeugnisse aus der Zeit von 487-322 v. Chr. vor - einschliesslich der 120 z.T. unpublizierten Ostraka, deren sprachliche oder bildliche Kommentare uber die aSundeno des auszuweisenden Mitburgers (meist eines Politikers) besonders wertvolle Informationen bieten. Die Testimonien erscheinen in Text und ubersetzung, mit philologisch-historischem Kommentar und uberlieferungsgeschichte. Es ergeben sich die antiken Vorstellungen von Entstehung, Ablauf, politischem Zweck und moralischem Wert der schon damals umstrittenen Einrichtung, die ursprunglich vor allem als Waffe der demokratischen Gleichheit gegen uberheblich erscheinende Aristokraten diente. "Nach der Lekture dieses grundlegenden, ausgezeichneten Bandes darf man gespannt sein auf den folgenden Band mit den nachklassischen Zeugnissena" Historische Zeitschrift
Author: Karl-Wilhelm Welwei
Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag
View: 9193Mit dem Band aRes publica und Imperiumo wird erstmals eine reprasentative Auswahl der kleineren Schriften Karl-Wilhelm Welweis zur romischen Geschichte geschlossen zuganglich gemacht. In vier chronologisch gegliederten Abschnitten werden ubergreifende Fragestellungen und aktuelle Aspekte romischer Geschichte von der fruhen Republik bis zum hohen Prinzipat eingehend diskutiert und analysiert. Die zeitlichen Schwerpunkte der Untersuchungen liegen auf der Fruhzeit Roms, den Punischen Kriegen sowie der Phase von der spaten Republik bis zum fruhen Prinzipat. Zentrale Fragen der politischen Ereignisgeschichte und ihrer strukturellen Hintergrunde, der romischen Kriegfuhrung und der ideologischen Interpretation militarischer Konflikte werden behandelt, die weitreichenden Folgen innenpolitischer Auseinandersetzungen, besonders in der fruhen Prinzipatszeit, erortert. Die Beitrage werden uber deutsche und englische Zusammenfassungen und ein umfangreiches Register erschlossen.