Finding People in Early Greece

Finding People in Early Greece
Author: Carol G. Thomas
Publsiher: University of Missouri Press
Total Pages: 154
Release: 2005
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780826264664

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"Explores the marriage of historically oriented scholarship and scientific developments in the study of preclassical Greek history. Two figures from preclassical Greece are examined: Jason and the voyage of the Argo, from the Age of Heroes, and Hesiod, who lived during the Age of Revolution"--Provided by publisher.

A Companion to Archaic Greece

A Companion to Archaic Greece
Author: Kurt A. Raaflaub,Hans van Wees
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 792
Release: 2012-12-26
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781118451380

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A systematic survey of archaic Greek society and culture which introduces the reader to a wide range of new approaches to the period. The first comprehensive and accessible survey of developments in the study of archaic Greece Places Greek society of c.750-480 BCE in its chronological and geographical context Gives equal emphasis to established topics such as tyranny and political reform and newer subjects like gender and ethnicity Combines accounts of historical developments with regional surveys of archaeological evidence and in-depth treatments of selected themes Explores the impact of Eastern and other non-Greek cultures in the development of Greece Uses archaeological and literary evidence to reconstruct broad patterns of social and cultural development

Ancient Greek Political Thought in Practice

Ancient Greek Political Thought in Practice
Author: Paul Cartledge
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2009-05-28
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781139488495

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Ancient Greece was a place of tremendous political experiment and innovation, and it was here too that the first serious political thinkers emerged. Using carefully selected case-studies, in this book Professor Cartledge investigates the dynamic interaction between ancient Greek political thought and practice from early historic times to the early Roman Empire. Of concern throughout are three major issues: first, the relationship of political thought and practice; second, the relevance of class and status to explaining political behaviour and thinking; third, democracy - its invention, development and expansion, and extinction, prior to its recent resuscitation and even apotheosis. In addition, monarchy in various forms and at different periods and the peculiar political structures of Sparta are treated in detail over a chronological range extending from Homer to Plutarch. The book provides an introduction to the topic for all students and non-specialists who appreciate the continued relevance of ancient Greece to political theory and practice today.

A Companion to Greek Rhetoric

A Companion to Greek Rhetoric
Author: Ian Worthington
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 632
Release: 2010-01-11
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 9781444334142

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This complete guide to ancient Greek rhetoric is exceptional both in its chronological range and the breadth of topics it covers. Traces the rise of rhetoric and its uses from Homer to Byzantium Covers wider–ranging topics such as rhetoric′s relationship to knowledge, ethics, religion, law, and emotion Incorporates new material giving us fresh insights into how the Greeks saw and used rhetoric Discusses the idea of rhetoric and examines the status of rhetoric studies, present and future All quotations from ancient sources are translated into English

Greek Sport and Social Status

Greek Sport and Social Status
Author: Mark Golden
Publsiher: University of Texas Press
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2009-09-15
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780292778955

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From the ancient Olympic games to the World Series and the World Cup, athletic achievement has always conferred social status. In this collection of essays, a noted authority on ancient sport discusses how Greek sport has been used to claim and enhance social status, both in antiquity and in modern times. Mark Golden explores a variety of ways in which sport provided a route to social status. In the first essay, he explains how elite horsemen and athletes tried to ignore the important roles that jockeys, drivers, and trainers played in their victories, as well as how female owners tried to rank their equestrian achievements above those of men and other women. In the next essay, Golden looks at the varied contributions that slaves made to sport, despite its use as a marker of free, Greek status. In the third essay, he evaluates the claims made by gladiators in the Greek east that they be regarded as high-status athletes and asserts that gladiatorial spectacle is much more like Greek sport than scholars today usually admit. In the final essay, Golden critiques the accepted accounts of ancient and modern Olympic history, arguing that attempts to raise the status of the modern games by stressing their links to the ancient ones are misleading. He concludes that the contemporary movement to call a truce in world conflicts during the Olympics is likewise based on misunderstandings of ancient Greek traditions.

Alexander s Veterans and the Early Wars of the Successors

Alexander   s Veterans and the Early Wars of the Successors
Author: Joseph Roisman
Publsiher: University of Texas Press
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2012-05-01
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780292735965

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From antiquity until now, most writers who have chronicled the events following the death of Alexander the Great have viewed this history through the careers, ambitions, and perspectives of Alexander’s elite successors. Few historians have probed the experiences and attitudes of the ordinary soldiers who followed Alexander on his campaigns and who were divided among his successors as they fought for control of his empire after his death. Yet the veterans played an important role in helping to shape the character and contours of the Hellenistic world. This pathfinding book offers the first in-depth investigation of the Macedonian veterans’ experience during a crucial turning point in Greek history (323–316 BCE). Joseph Roisman discusses the military, social, and political circumstances that shaped the history of Alexander’s veterans, giving special attention to issues such as the soldiers’ conduct on and off the battlefield, the army assemblies, the volatile relationship between the troops and their generals, and other related themes, all from the perspective of the rank-and-file. Roisman also reexamines the biases of the ancient sources and how they affected ancient and modern depictions of Alexander’s veterans, as well as Alexander’s conflicts with his army, the veterans’ motives and goals, and their political contributions to Hellenistic history. He pays special attention to the Silver Shields, a group of Macedonian veterans famous for their invincibility and martial prowess, and assesses whether or not they deserved their formidable reputation.

Democratic Law in Classical Athens

Democratic Law in Classical Athens
Author: Michael Gagarin
Publsiher: University of Texas Press
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2020-03-17
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781477320372

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The democratic legal system created by the Athenians was completely controlled by ordinary citizens, with no judges, lawyers, or jurists involved. It placed great importance on the litigants’ rhetorical performances. Did this make it nothing more than a rhetorical contest judged by largely uneducated citizens that had nothing to do with law, a criticism that some, including Plato, have made? Michael Gagarin argues to the contrary, contending that the Athenians both controlled litigants’ performances and incorporated many other unusual features into their legal system, including rules for interrogating slaves and swearing an oath. The Athenians, Gagarin shows, adhered to the law as they understood it, which was a set of principles more flexible than our current understanding allows. The Athenians also insisted that their legal system serve the ends of justice and benefit the city and its people. In this way, the law ultimately satisfied most Athenians and probably produced just results as often as modern legal systems do. Comprehensive and wide-ranging, Democratic Law in Classical Athens offers a new perspective for viewing a legal system that was democratic in a way only the Athenians could achieve.

A Companion to Ancient Macedonia

A Companion to Ancient Macedonia
Author: Joseph Roisman,Ian Worthington
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 696
Release: 2011-07-07
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781444351637

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The most comprehensive and up-to-date work available on ancient Macedonian history and material culture, A Companion to Ancient Macedonia is an invaluable reference for students and scholars alike. Features new, specially commissioned essays by leading and up-and-coming scholars in the field Examines the political, military, social, economic, and cultural history of ancient Macedonia from the Archaic period to the end of Roman period and beyond Discusses the importance of art, archaeology and architecture All ancient sources are translated in English Each chapter includes bibliographical essays for further reading

Herodotus and the Question Why

Herodotus and the Question Why
Author: Christopher Pelling
Publsiher: University of Texas Press
Total Pages: 524
Release: 2019-07-15
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781477318348

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This study of the ancient historian’s work is “excellent . . . [A] rigorous and engaging introduction not only to Herodotus, but to many other Greek authors” (Times Literary Supplement). In the fifth century BCE, Herodotus wrote the first known Western history to build on the tradition of Homeric storytelling, basing his text on empirical observations and arranging them systematically. Herodotus and the Question Why offers a comprehensive examination of the methods behind the Histories and the challenge of documenting human experiences, from the Persian Wars to cultural traditions. In lively, accessible prose, Christopher Pelling explores such elements as reconstructing the mentalities of storyteller and audience alike; distinctions between the human and the divine; and the evolving concepts of freedom, democracy, and individualism. Pelling traces the similarities between Herodotus’s approach to physical phenomena (Why does the Nile flood?) and to landmark events (Why did Xerxes invade Greece? And why did the Greeks win?), delivering a fascinating look at the explanatory process itself. The cultural forces that shaped Herodotus’s thinking left a lasting legacy for us, making Herodotus and the Question Why especially relevant as we try to record and narrate the stories of our time and to fully understand them.

Jason and the Argonauts through the Ages

Jason and the Argonauts through the Ages
Author: Jason Colavito
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2014-03-24
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780786479726

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The story of Jason and the Argonauts is one of the most famous in Greek myth, and its development from the oldest layers of Greek mythology down to the modern age encapsulates the dramatic changes in faith, power and culture that Western civilization has seen over the past three millennia. From the Bronze Age to the Classical Age, from the medieval world to today, the Jason story has been told and retold with new stories, details and meanings. This book explores the epic history of a colorful myth and probes the most ancient origins of the quest for the Golden Fleece--a quest that takes us to the very dawn of Greek religion and its close relationship with Near Eastern peoples and cultures.

Classics the Culture Wars and Beyond

Classics  the Culture Wars  and Beyond
Author: Eric Adler
Publsiher: University of Michigan Press
Total Pages: 292
Release: 2016-11
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9780472130153

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Beginning with a short intellectual history of the academic culture wars, Eric Adler’s book examines popular polemics including those by Allan Bloom and Dinesh D’Souza, and considers the oddly marginal role of classical studies in these conflicts. In presenting a brief history of classics in American education, the volume sheds light on the position of the humanities in general. Adler dissects three significant controversies from the era: the so-called AJP affair, which supposedly pitted a conservative journal editor against his feminist detractors; the brouhaha surrounding Martin Bernal’s contentious Black Athena project; and the dustup associated with Victor Davis Hanson and John Heath’s fire-breathing jeremiad, Who Killed Homer? He concludes by considering these controversies as a means to end the crisis for classical studies in American education. How can the study of antiquity—and the humanities—thrive in the contemporary academy? This book provides workable solutions to end the crisis for classics and for the humanities as well. This major work also includes findings from a Web survey of American classical scholars, offering the first broadly representative impression of what they think about their discipline and its prospects for the future. Adler also conducted numerous in-depth interviews with participants in the controversies discussed, allowing readers to gain the most reliable information possible about these controversies. Those concerned about the liberal arts and the best way to educate young Americans should read this book. Accessible and jargon-free, this narrative of scholarly scandals and their context makes for both enjoyable and thought-provoking reading.

Classical Literary Careers and their Reception

Classical Literary Careers and their Reception
Author: Philip Hardie,Helen Moore
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2010-10-14
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781139493017

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This is a wide-ranging collection of essays on ancient Roman literary careers and their reception in later European literature, with contributions by leading experts. Starting from the three major Roman models for constructing a literary career - Virgil (the rota Vergiliana), Horace and Ovid - the volume then looks at alternative and counter-models in antiquity: Propertius, Juvenal, Cicero and Pliny. A range of post-antique responses to the ancient patterns is examined, from Dante to Wordsworth, and including Petrarch, Shakespeare, Milton, Marvell, Dryden and Goethe. These chapters pose the question of the continuing relevance of ancient career models as ideas of authorship change over the centuries, leading to varying engagements and disengagements with classical literary careers. The volume also considers other ways of concluding or extending a literary career, such as bookburning and figurative metempsychosis.

Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece
Author: Arnold Hermann Ludwig Heeren
Publsiher: London, H. G. Bohn
Total Pages: 518
Release: 1847
Genre: Europe
ISBN: HARVARD:HNLCWH

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The universal instructor or Self culture for all

The universal instructor  or  Self culture for all
Author: Ward, Lock and co, ltd
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1884
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: OXFORD:600029129

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The Complete Idiot s Guide to Ancient Greece

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Ancient Greece
Author: Eric Dolaine Nelson,Susan K. Allard-Nelson
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 388
Release: 2005
Genre: History
ISBN: 1592572731

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To those of us in the modern world, ancient Greece has either a glorious or inglorious past. Some see it as the birthplace of dearly held ideas and ideals, such as democracy, individuality, science, and the rule of reason. Others bristle at the ancient Greeks as propagators of less charitable ideals, such as patriarchy, misogyny, and eurocentrism. In The Complete Idiot s Guide to Ancient Greece, readers are invited to meet the ancient Greeks on their own terms and to understand their legacy by entering their world.