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

Sarah B. Pomeroy , Stanley M. Burstein , Walter Donlan , Jennifer Tolbert Roberts
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Dec 14 2008 0195372352 978-0195372359 Second Edition
The story of the ancient Greeks is one of the most improbable success stories in world history. A small group of people inhabiting a country poor in resources and divided into hundreds of quarreling states created one of the most remarkable civilizations ever. 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, 2008). 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. They show how the early Greeks borrowed from their neighbors but eventually developed a distinctive culture all their own, one that was marked by astonishing creativity, versatility, and resilience. 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.

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Standard University Fare Dec 4 2013
By Gordon Ritchie TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This classic exposition of the history of Ancient Greece is clearly written for a history course, complete with multiple choice exams. A great deal of detailed information is retailed with limited analysis. It could have benefitted mightily from better maps and graphics, as is the case with most of this ilk. It performs a function but leaves a dry aftertaste.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for an overview June 26 2009
By Colin - Published on Amazon.com
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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".
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE Sept. 18 2013
By mona - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed every letter and every line and every page
to be honest I read it many times and IT INSPIRES ME SOOOO MUCH
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By Valerie Kandle - Published on Amazon.com
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Everything was delivered on time and as described.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Greek History Sept. 19 2010
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This book is absolutely fantastic. It's been very informative and is written in a very comprehensible manner. The only problems I have with the book is that not all of the "key terms" found throughout the book are defined in the glossary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, on time, good shape! Aug. 21 2012
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Didn't use it as much as I thought I would but I am glad I got it at such a cheap price compared to my university. In great shape with no problems at all. Thanks!
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