Aspects of Greek history 750-323 BC : a source-based approach


Aspects of Greek history 750-323 BC : a source-based approach

Terry Buckley

Routledge, 1996

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Bibliography: p. 523-527

Includes index



Aspects of Greek History offers an indispensable introduction to the central period of Greek History for all students of classics. Chapter by chapter, the relevant historical periods from the age of colonization to Alexander the Great are reconstructed. Emphasis is laid on the interpretation of the available sources, and the book sets out to give a clear treatment of all the major problems within a chronological framework. The book covers: the main literary sources: Aristotle, Diodorus, Herodotus, Plutarch, Thucydides and Xenophon Greek political and military history from the eighth century to Alexander's conquest of Persia. To ease understanding, the book also includes maps, a glossary of Greek terms and a full bibliography.


1. The Main Literary Sources 2. The Causes of Colonization in Archaic Greece 3. The Age of Greek Tyranny, c650-510 4. The 'Lycurgan' Reforms and The Rise of Sparta in the 7th and 6th Centuries 5. The Reforms of Solon 6. The Tyranny of the Peisistratids at Athens 7. The Reforms of Cleisthenes and the Development of Athenian Democracy 8. Athenian Politics from Cleisthenes to the Outbreak of the Persian War 9. The Persian War: Greek Strategy and the Leadership of Sparta in 480-479 10. Athens and the Delian League, 478-462/1 11. Spartan Foreign Policy and Problems in the Peloponnese, 478-446/5 12. The Democratic Reforms of Ephialtes and Pericles, 462/1-451/0 13. The Institutions of Athenian Democracy 14. Athenian Foreign Policy in the First Peloponnesian War, 462/1-446/5 15. Athenian Empire: Means of Control and Benefits 16. The Causes of the Peloponnesian War 17. Pericles and the Nature of Athenian Politics 18. Athenian and Spartan Strategy in the Archidamian War, 431-421 19. Athens and the West, 458-413 20. Persian Intervention in the Ionian War, 413-404 21. The Rise and Fall of the Oligarchic Movement in Athens, 411-410 22. Spartan Foreign Policy, 404-387/6 23. The 'Hegemony' of Thebes, 371-362 24. The Rise of Macedon (359-336): Diplomacy and Warfare under Philip II 25. Alexander's Generalship at the Battles of Granicus River (334), Issus (333), and Gaugamela (331)

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