This is a survey of the world of classical Greece, its origins and
legacy. The book comprises nineteen chapters, written by leading
scholars from around the world. It covers all the major themes of
Ancient Greek history, set in the context of both the preceding and
The book is organised into four main sections. It opens with
discussions of the natural environment of the Greek peninsula and
the surrounding islands. The second section then examines the
history of the peoples of Greece up to the end of antiquity. It
moves from the prehistoric and protohistoric periods, through the
era of Bronze Age palace societies - including those of Knossos and
Mycenae - surveying the thousand and more years until the transfer
of the Roman imperial court from Rome to Constantinople.
The third and longest part of the book deals with different
aspects of the classical period, to give a kaleidoscopic picture of
the most important elements in Greek life: the country, politics,
religion, the spoken and written word, philosophy, art,
craftsmanship and social behavior. Finally, the book surveys the
legacy of classical Greece, assessing its impact for western
civilisation as a whole.
The book is highly illustrated with over 100 plates and maps,
and includes a timeline and guides for further reading. It is
designed to be an ideal introduction to the subject for students
and general readers alike.
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