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This vast study, first published between 1784 and 1818, and written on an unprecedentedly large historical scale, was begun at the urging of the author's friend Edward Gibbon. William Mitford (1744–1827), a scholar of private means, a magistrate and an MP, was concerned for the preservation of national and military stability, and he in part used his work to draw parallels between the rise of Athenian democracy and the contemporary status of the British constitution. This stance drew some criticism initially, but Mitford's approach was later praised in the wake of the French Revolution. The History, therefore, offers fascinating insights into its own time as well as a study of ancient Greece. The four volumes reissued here are from the uniform edition of 1808. Volume 1 covers the period from Greece's earliest foundations to the time of Pericles and the end of the first Peloponnesian War in 445 BCE.
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- Date Published: October 2010
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108011044
- length: 606 pages
- dimensions: 244 x 170 x 31 mm
- weight: 0.95kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. History of Greece, from the earliest accounts of the end of the Trojan War
2. Of the religion, government, jurisprudence, science, arts, commerce, and manners of the early Greeks
3. History of Greece from the Trojan War to the return of the Heracleids
4. History of the southern provinces of Greece, from the return of the Heracleids to the conquest of Messenia by the Lacedaemonians
5. Summary view of the state of the northern provinces of Greece ... from the Trojan war to the first public transaction with Persia
6. View of the eastern nations politically connected with Greece
7. Continuation of the history of Greece during the reign of Darius king of Persia
8. History of Greece, from the accession of Xerxes to the throne of Persia till the conclusion of the first campaign of that monarch's expedition against Greece
9. History of Greece, from the battle of Salamis to the conclusion of the Persian invasion
10. View of the people of the western countries politically connected with the Greeks, and of the Grecian settlements in Sicily and Italy
11. Affairs of Greece, from the conclusion of that commonly called the Persian war, to the establishment of security for the Greeks, against the barbarians, by the successes of Cimon
12. Affairs of Greece, from the establishment of its security against Persia, to the truce for thirty years between Athens and Lacedaemon.
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