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The Cambridge Illustrated History of Ancient Greece

The Cambridge Illustrated History of Ancient Greece

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Paul Cartledge, Sue Alcock, Nick Fisher, Marilyn Katz, Edith Hall, Karim Arafat, Catherine Morgan, Lesley Dean-Jones, Richard Buxton
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  • Date Published: December 2002
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print May 2017
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521521000

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  • Sumptuously illustrated in color and packed with information, The Cambridge Illustrated History of Ancient Greece is now available for the first time in paperback. Offering fresh interpretations of classical Greek culture, the book devotes as much attention to social, economic and intellectual aspects as to politics and war. Paul Cartledge and his team of contributors ask what it was like for an ordinary person to partake in "the glory that was Greece." They examine the influences of the environment and economy; the experience of workers, soldiers, slaves, peasants and women; and the roles of myth and religion, art and culture, and science and education. This is a cultural history from the bottom up, which lays bare the far-reaching linguistic, literary, artistic and political legacy of ancient Greece, and seeks justification for Shelley's claim that "we are all Greeks." Paul Cartledge is Professor in Greek History in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge and is Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Clare College, Cambridge. He is the author of several books about ancient Greece, including Spartan Reflections (California, 2001), Hellenistic and Roman Sparta (Routledge, 2001) and Sparta and Lakonia (Routledge, 2002).

    • International team of nine experts
    • Joint winner of the John D. Criticos Prize awarded by the London Hellenic Society
    • Richly illustrated throughout in colour, with over 280 pictures and maps
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    • Paul Cartledge is the joint winner of the 1998 John D. Criticos Prize awarded by the London Hellenic Society

    Reviews & endorsements

    "We are all Greeks..." Shelley

    "Whatever, in fact, is modern in our life we owe to the Greeks. Whatever is an anachronism is due to medievalism." Oscar Wilde

    "The focus on achievements at all class and cultural levels provides an unusually well-rounded, in-depth focus on Greek culture." The Midwest Book Review

    " one reading this book will fail to appreciate the complexity of ancient Greece as a society, a competitive, high achieving, innovative world....We have grown up in our understanding of Greeks since the nineteenth century and this book shows how much. A fine achievement." Charles Freeman, History Today

    "...this is a good tool for intro survey courses." Brad L. Cook, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    "...a thoughtful portrait of the cultural history of ancient Greece for the general reader...this is an interesting and handsome book that might bring new students to the field with its updated approach to an ancient culture." John M. Lawless, New England Classical Journal

    "A beautiful addition to the Cambridge Illustrated History series." Peter Krentz, Religious Studies Review

    "This is an original and insightful work. Its authors have lucidly synthesized the results of a generation of creative scholarship, and restored the voices of many groups that were often left out of more traditional Greek histories." Stanley Burstein, The International History Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521521000
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 210 x 34 mm
    • weight: 1.63kg
    • contains: 170 b/w illus. 13 maps
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print May 2017
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: The glory that was Greece? Paul Cartledge
    Part I. The World of Greece:
    1. History and tradition Paul Cartledge
    2. Environment Sue Alcock
    3. Peoples: who were the Greeks? Paul Cartledge, Intermezzo: historical outline Paul Cartledge
    Part II. The Life of Greece:
    4. Rich and poor Nick Fisher
    5. Women, children and men Marilyn Katz
    6. Power and the state Paul Cartledge
    7. War and peace Paul Cartledge
    8. Work and leisure Nick Fisher
    9. Performance Edith Hall
    10. Visual Arts Karim Arafat and Catherine Morgan
    11. Philosophy and science Lesley Dean-Jones
    12. Religion and myth Richard Buxton
    Epilogue Paul Cartledge.

  • Editor

    Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge
    Paul Cartledge is Reader in Greek History, and Fellow and Director of Studies at Clare College, University of Cambridge.


    Paul Cartledge, Sue Alcock, Nick Fisher, Marilyn Katz, Edith Hall, Karim Arafat, Catherine Morgan, Lesley Dean-Jones, Richard Buxton


    • Paul Cartledge is the joint winner of the 1998 John D. Criticos Prize awarded by the London Hellenic Society

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