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 3, first published in 1797, covers the period from 404 to 386 BCE, including the rise of Mitford's hero, Philip of Macedon.
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- Date Published: October 2010
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108011068
- length: 588 pages
- dimensions: 244 x 30 x 170 mm
- weight: 0.93kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
21. History of Athens, from the conclusion of the Peloponnesian war to the restoration of the democracy by Thrasybulus
22. Illustrations, from the orators and philosophers, of the civil history of Athens between the ages of Pericles and Demosthenes
23. Transactions of the Greeks in Asia and Thrace, from the conclusion of the Peloponnesian war
24. History of Lacedaemon, from the restoration of the Athenian democracy
25. Affairs of Greece, and transactions of the Greeks in Asia, from the establishment of the general confederacy against Lacedaemon, to the treaty between Lacedaemon and Persia
26. Affairs of Greece, from the Peace of Antalcidas till the depression of the Lacedaemonian power, and the elevation of Thebes
27. Affairs of Greece, from the elevation of Thebes, to the failure of the attempt to extend the Theban supremacy over Greece
28. Affairs of Greece, from the failure of the attempt to establish the supremacy of Thebes till the depression together of the aristocractial and democratical interests.
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