Ancient History & Civilisation

Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction

Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction

This highly original introduction to ancient Greece uses the history of eleven major Greek cities to illuminate the most important and informative aspects of Greek culture. Cartledge highlights the role of such renowned cities as Athens (birthplace of democracy) and Sparta, but he also examines Argos, Thebes, Syracuse in Sicily, and Alexandria in Egypt, as well as lesser known locales such as Miletus (home of the West's first intellectual, Thales) and Massalia (Marseilles today), where the Greeks introduced the wine grape to the French. The author uses these cities to illuminate major themes, from economics, religion, and social relations, to gender and sexuality, slavery and freedom, and politics.

Greek Measures of Money and Distance

Chapter 1. Introduction

PART I: PREHISTORY

Chapter 2. Cnossos

Chapter 3. Mycenae

PART II: EARLY HISTORY (TO 500 BCE): DARK AGE AND ARCHAIC

Chapter 4. Argos

Chapter 5. Miletus

Chapter 6. Massalia

Chapter 7. Sparta

PART III: CLASSICAL (500–330 BCE)

Chapter 8. Athens

Chapter 9. Syracuse

Chapter 10. Thebes

PART IV: HELLENISTIC

Chapter 11. Alexandria

PART V: RETROSPECT AND PROSPECT

Chapter 12. Byzantion

Chapter 13. Epilogue

Appendix: The Panhellenic Sanctuaries

Further Reading

Timeline

Glossary

Who’s Who

Pictures