Greeks, The: History, Culture, and Society

Series
Pearson
Author
Ian Morris / Barry B. Powell  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
2
Language
English
Total pages
584
Pub.-date
July 2013
ISBN13
9781292022383
ISBN
1292022388
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For courses in Greek History or Greek Civilization.
Organised chronologically, this text presents a complete picture of Greek civilization as a history. It features sections on the art, architecture, literature, and thought of each period. This text presents students with the history of Greece from the prehistoric through the Mycenaean Period, the Dark Ages, the Classical Period, the Hellenistic, and the absorption of Greek culture by Rome.

Features

  • Comprehensive, balanced treatment of ancient Greece Examines the culture and the people as a whole.
  • Generous quotations from major and minor authors. Allows students to hear the voices of the Greeks.
  • In-depth examination of literary, artistic, and philosophical traditions. Allows students to thoroughly study the important contributions made in these fields.
  • Chronological organisation provides names and the dates, arranges events sequentially, and carefully examines cultural achievements and social transformations that accompanied the cascade of historical events.
  • Superior art program—Features numerous illustrations of landscapes, objects, buildings, and maps. Shows students how the Greeks saw things and what they saw.
  • Student-friendly writing style—Makes use of modern prose and offers students a well-structured and clear presentation that is easy to comprehend.

New to this Edition

  • All extracts have now been translated by the authors to insure stylistic unformity and textual coherence
  • Coverage of Macedon, Alexander and Hellenism have been reorganized to provide better narrative flow.
  • Each chapter has been updated with revised scholarship.
  • Maps have been re-drawn to insure accuracy and to improve clarity.

Table of Contents

Contents

 

Maps

Preface

About the Authors

Credits

 

1.    A Small, Far-Off Land

   Historical Sketch

     Why Study the Greeks?

     Who Were the Greeks?

     The Structure of This Book: History, Culture, and Society

     Key Terms

     Further Reading

2.    Country and People

   Greek Geography, Climate, and Agriculture

   Demography

   Migration

   Health and Disease

   Nutrition

   Economic Growth in Ancient Greece

     Key Terms

     Further Reading

3.    The Greeks at Home

     Gender Relationships: Ideals and Realities

     Sexuality

     Adults and Children

     Key Terms

     Further Reading

4.    The Greeks Before History, 12,000-1200 B.C.

   The End of the Last Ice Age, 12,000-11,000 B.C.

   The Origins of Agriculture, 11,000-5000 B.C.

   Greeks and Indo-Europeans

   Neolithic Society and Economy, 5000-3000 B.C.

   The Early Bronze Age, 3000-2300 B.C.

   The Middle Bronze Age, 2300-800 B.C.

   The Age of Minoan Palaces, 2000-600 B.C.

   The Rise of Mycenaean Greece, 1750-500 B.C.

   The End of Minoan Civilization, 1600-1400 B.C.

   Mycenaean Greece: Archaeology, Linear B, and Homer

   The End of the Bronze Age, circa 200 B.C.

     Key Terms

     Further Reading

5.    The Dark Age, 1200-800 B.C.

     The Collapse of the Old States

     Life Among the Ruins

     Dark Age Heroes

     Art and Trade in the Dark Age

     The Eighth-Century Renaissance: Economy

     The Eighth-Century Renaissance: Society

     The Eighth-Century Renaissance: Culture

     Conclusion

     Key Terms

     Further Reading

6.    Homer

   The Homeric Question

   Milman Parry and Oral Poetry

   The Oral Poet in Homer

   Heinrich Schliemann and the Trojan War

   The Tragic Iliad

   Homer and the Invention of Plot

   The Comic Odyssey

   Odysseus and Homer

     Key Terms

     Further Reading

7.    Religion and Myth

   Definitions of Religion and Myth

     Hesiod’s Myth of the Origin of the Gods

   Greek Religion in History

   Forms of Greek Religious Practice

   Hesiod’s Myth of Sacrifice

   Gods and Other Mysterious Beings

   Chthonic Religion

   The Ungrateful Dead and the Laying of the Ghost

   Ecstatic and Mystical Religion

   Conclusion

     Key Terms

     Further Reading

8.    Ancient Greece, 800-480 B.C.: Economy, Society, Politics

   Government by Oligarchy

   Elite Culture

   The Tyrants

   The Structure of Archaic States

   Conclusion