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Creators, Conquerors and Citizens: A History of Ancient Greece

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"We Greeks are one in blood and one in language; we have temples to the gods and religious rites in common, and a common way of life." Herodotus

Throughout the course of ancient Greek civilization, there always existed a sense of shared culture among the many Greek communities scattered throughout the Mediterranean. During the Classical (479-338) and Hellenistic (338-30) periods, the countless individual poleis of the Archaic period gradually came together in leagues and alliances, and finally were more or less united when they fell under the Roman empire.

But what is fascinating about this process is how much resistance there was to it. The Greeks found it impossible to unify when faced with common enemies. Even under Roman rule the Greek cities still bickered. Acts of union — going back to the legendary Trojan War — were widely celebrated, but made little practical difference. If the Greeks knew that they were kin, why is Greek history so often the history of their internecine wars and other forms of competition with one another? This is the question acclaimed historian Robin Waterfield sets out to explore in Creators, Conquerors, and Citizens.

This extraordinary contradiction — the recognition that they were all Greeks, but the deep-seated reluctance to unify — is at the heart of this ambitious new history. The culmination of a lifetime of research, Waterfield gives a comprehensive account of seven hundred years, from the emergence of the Greeks around 750 BCE to the downfall of the last of the Greco-Macedonian kingdoms in 30 BCE, looking at political, military, social, and cultural history.

Category:
Humanities
Cover:
Hardback
Edition Number:
1
ISBN:
9780198727880
Pages:
544
Author:
Waterfield Robin
Publisher:
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Release Year:
2018

Robin Waterfield is an independent scholar, living in southern Greece. In addition to more than twenty-five translations of works of Greek literature, he is the author of numerous books, most recently Taken at the Flood: The Roman Conquest of Greece (OUP, 2014).

Preface and Acknowledgements

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Chronology and King Lists
Introduction I: Historical Background
Introduction II: Environmental Background
ACT I: The Archaic Period (c. 750-480): The Formation of States
1: The Emergence of the Greeks in the Mediterranean
2: Aristocracy and the Archaic State
3: The Archaic Greek World
4: Athens in the Seventh and Sixth Centuries
5: The Athenian Democratic Revolution
6: Sparta
7: Greek Religion
8: The Persian Wars
9: The Greeks at War
ACT II: The Classical Period (479-323): A Tale, Mainly, of Two Cities
10: The Delian League
11: The Economy of Greece
12: Periclean Athens
13: Women, Sexuality, and Family Life
14: The Peloponnesian War
15: Socrates and the Thirty Tyrants
16: The Futility of War
17: Athens and Macedon
18: Alexander the Great
19: The Instability of Syracuse
ACT III: The Hellenistic Period (323-30): Greeks, Macedonians, and Romans
20: The Successor Kingdoms
21: Greeks and Macedonians in the Third Century
22: The Greek Cities in the New World
23: Life and Culture in the Hellenistic World
24: The Roman Conquest
25: A Feat of Imagination
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