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Central Greece and the Politics of Power in the Fourth Century BC

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  • Date Published: April 2008
  • availability: Available, despatch within 3-4 weeks
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521837057

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  • The streams of Greek history in the fourth century are highly controversial. Sandwiched between the Classical fifth century and the Hellenistic period, the era has invited various readings, most prominently the verdict of decrepitude and decline. Recent discoveries, however, indicate that the period was not simply illustrative of the political, social, and economic weaknesses of the Greek city-state. This book examines the fourth century from an area with its own regional dynamics: central Greece, a region often considered as a backwater for macro-politics. The authors disclose a vivid tension between regional politics in Boeotia and its adjacent territories and Greek affairs. They provide a meticulous and, at times, microscopic investigation into the region's military and political history, together with detailed analyses of the topography of the places 'where history was made.' The result is a dazzling account of Greece's power transition crisis on the eve of the Macedonian conquest.

    • Important contribution to the interpretation of a controversial era in Greek history
    • Explores in detail the politics of a previously-neglected area of Greece
    • Examines the interaction between regional politics and panhellenic affairs - a new approach to this period in history
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    • Date Published: April 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521837057
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 160 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 9 maps
    • availability: Available, despatch within 3-4 weeks
  • Table of Contents

    Prologue: power politics in fourth-century Greece
    Part I. Alliance:
    1. A survey of Theban and Athenian relations between 403 and 371 BC
    2. The incident at Mt. Parnassus, 395 BC
    3. The Battle of Coronea and its historiographical legacy
    4. The King's Peace, alliance, and Phoebidas' strike (382 BC)
    5. Sphodrias' raid and the evolution of the Athenian League
    Part II. Hegemony:
    6. The re-establishment of the boeotarchia (378 BC)
    7. The Battle of Tegyra, 375 BC
    8. Plutarch on Leuctra
    9. Alliance and hegemony in fourth-century Greece: the case of the Theban hegemony
    10. Xenophon's speeches and the Theban hegemony
    11. The phantom synedrion of the Boeotian Confederacy, 378–335 BC
    12. Boeotian Aulis and Greek naval bases
    13. Epaminondas and the new Inscription from Cnidus
    Part III. Domination:
    14. Thebes, Delphi, and the outbreak of the Sacred War
    15. Pammenes, the Persians, and the Sacred War
    16. Philip II, the Greeks, and the King, 346–336 BC
    17. A note on the Battle of Chaeronea
    18. Philip's designs on Greece
    19. Epilogue.

  • Authors

    John Buckler
    JOHN BUCKLER is Emeritus Professor of Greek History. Selected publications include The Theban Hegemony, 371-362 B.C. (1980), Philip II and the Sacred War (1989) and Aegean Greece in the Fourth Century B.C. (2003).

    Hans Beck, McGill University, Montréal
    HANS BECK is John MacNaughton Professor of Classics at McGill University in Montreal and has published widely in the field of Greek federalism. He is the author of Polis und Koinon (1997).

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