Greek civilization : an introduction


Greek civilization : an introduction

edited by Brian A. Sparkes

Blackwell, 1998

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Includes bibliographical references and index



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 following periods. 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 behaviour. 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.


List of Plates. List of Figures. List of Tables. List of Contributors. Preface. Illustration Acknowledgements. Part I: Landscape, Seascape: 1. The Physical Background: Friedrich Sauerwein (Modautal, Germany). Part II: The March of the Past: 2. The Human Foreground: Robin Barber (University of Edinburgh). 3. The Bronze Age Palace Societies: Oliver Dickinson (University of Durham). 4. Archaic into Classical: Graham Shipley (University of Leicester). 5. Greek Kings and Roman Emperors: Helen Parkins and Graham Shipley (Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge and University of Leicester). Part III: Classical Mosaic: 6. The Greek Countryside: Lin Foxhall (University of Leicester). 7. Politics and Public Life: the Urban Scene: Nick Fisher (University of Wales, Cardiff). 8. Greek Religious Practices: Robert Parker (New College, University of Oxford). 9. The Spoken and the Written Word: Kenneth Dover (University of St Andrews). 10. Examining Life: Edward Hussey (All Souls, University of Oxford). 11. Trades and Crafts: Alison Burford. 12. Architecture and Sculpture: Olga Palagia (University of Athens). 13. Crafts in the Private Sphere: Brian Sparkes (University of Southampton). 14. Women in Classical Athens: Sue Blundell (Birkbeck College, University of London). 15. Sex in Classical Athens: Brian Sparkes (University of Southampton).Part IV: Continuity and Change: 16. The Christian Millennium: Averil Cameron (Keble College, University of Oxford). 17. The Ottoman Centuries: Malcom Wagstaff (University of Southampton). 18. After Independence: Richard Clogg (St Antony's College, University of Oxford). 19. The Greek Legacy: Michael Greenhalgh (The Australian National University). Timeline. Index.

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