Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Brief History Of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, And Culture By Sarah B. Pomeroy, Stanley M. Burstein, Walter Donlan, Jennifer Tolbert Roberts

A Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture

A Brief History Of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, And Culture By Sarah B. Pomeroy, Stanley M. Burstein, Walter Donlan, Jennifer Tolbert Roberts

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The story of the ancient Greeks is one of the most improbable success stories in world history. A small people inhabiting a country poor in resources and divided into hundreds of quarreling states created one of the most remarkable civilizations of antiquity. Comprehensive and balanced, A Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture, Second Edition, is a shorter version of the authors' highly successful Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History, Second Edition (OUP, 2007). Four leading authorities on the classical world offer a lively and up-to-date account of Greek civilization and history in all its complexity and variety, covering the entire period from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Era, and integrating the most recent research in archaeology, comparative anthropology, and social history. Using physical evidence from archaeology, the written testimony of literary texts and inscriptions, and anthropological models based on comparative studies, this compact volume provides an account of the Greek world that is thoughtful and sophisticated yet accessible to students and general readers with little or no knowledge of Greece.
A Brief History of Ancient Greece, Second Edition, is concise enough to be used alongside other books in courses in Greek Civilization, Greek and Roman Civilization, Ancient Greece, or Western Civilization. It is enhanced by text boxes featuring excerpts from ancient documents, an extensive glossary, and a timeline and general introduction that provide a bird's-eye view of Greek history.

New to the Second Edition
* New sections on childhood and on marriage and burial rituals
* An expanded treatment of religion
* A revised art program that includes a new 8-page full-color photo insert, 125 black-and-white photographs and illustrations, and 17 new and improved custom-drawn maps
* Key terms--in boldface type when they first appear in the text and listed at the end of each chapter
* Selective, up-to-date recommendations for further reading
* A companion website featuring student self-quizzes, discussion questions, flashcards of key terms, chapter summaries, a pronunciation guide, links to useful websites, and PowerPoint lecture outlines

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #12648 in Books
  • Published on: 2008-12-16
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 1.65 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 432 pages
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About the Author
Sarah B. Pomeroy is with Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center. Stanley M. Burstein is with California State University, Los Angeles. The Late Walter Donlan was with the University of California. Jennifer Tolbert Roberts is with City College and CUNY Graduate Center.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
4Great for an overview
By Kolya Krasotkin
This book's principle virtue is that it is short, but complete. It gives a good sense of the larger trends in Greek history; it is especially good at showing how changes in society relate to the "big" dates and political events. Greek history emerges as an interconnected process, instead of "one thing after another."

Each chapter has a really thoughtfully compiled bibliography. These bibliographical lists are not comprehensive; they are a reliable guide to readable, high quality material that fleshes out, and complicates some of the ideas advanced in the text. Any reader, from layperson to an expert in some aspect of the ancient world can count on these lists to point them to consistently rewarding further reading, and this in my opinion is much more useful than a guide to detailed scholarly arguments about the dating of a single group of potsherds. I got this book when I was quite pressed for time, but the short chapters left me ample time to explore the rich works suggested in the bibliographies.

The book is also refreshingly free of old-fashioned unqualified assertions about the "triumph" of Greek civilization. Ancient Greece is explored as a territory and a culture in its own right, and not merely as the beginnings of some vague "Western Civilization".

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
3It's an OK read
By S. Doty
A Brief History of Ancient Greece is exactly that--brief. It is great for an overview of big events and people.
There are definitely better books on Ancient Greece that one could buy. This was required for one of my college classes so I needed to buy it. It is definitely not an enjoyable read as it is not very well written and again, quite brief.
I do recommend this book if you're looking for a general overview that doesn't go into much detail.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4Happy with my purchase
By mbp
I bought this book for a class on Greek and Roman history and I found it useful and interesting to read.

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