A Brief History of Ancient Greek

By Stephen Colvin

A short background of old Greek accessibly depicts the social historical past of this historic language from its Indo-European roots to the current day.

  • Explains key relationships among the language and literature of the Classical interval (500 - three hundred BC)
  • Provides a social historical past of the language which transliterates and interprets all Greek as applicable, and is consequently obtainable to readers who be aware of very little Greek 
  • Written within the framework of contemporary sociolinguistic idea, concerning the improvement of historic Greek to its social and political context
  • Reflects the newest considering on matters comparable to Koiné Greek and the connection among literary and vernacular Greek

Show description

The Archidamian War (A New History of the Peloponnesian War)

By Donald Kagan

This publication, the second one quantity in Donald Kagan's tetralogy concerning the Peloponnesian warfare, is a provocative and tightly argued background of the 1st ten years of the conflict. Taking a chronological process that permits him to provide at every one degree the alternatives that have been open to each side within the clash, Kagan specializes in political, monetary, diplomatic, and army advancements. He evaluates the suggestions utilized by each side and reconsiders the jobs performed by way of a number of key participants.

Show description

The Mystery-Religions

This vintage examine bargains an figuring out of the traditional non secular cults, exploring their attraction and eventual failure within the face of Christianity. issues contain the Eleusinian mysteries of old Greece; Asiatic cults of Cybele, the Magna Mater, and Attis; Dionysian teams; Orphics; Egyptian devotees of Isis and Osiris; Mithraism; and others.

Show description

Ancient Greek Cults: A Guide

By Jennifer Larson

Using archaeological, epigraphic, and literary resources; and incorporating present scholarly theories, this quantity will function a superb better half to any advent to Greek mythology, exhibiting a facet of the Greek gods to which such a lot scholars are not often exposed.

Detailed sufficient for use as a brief reference device or textual content, and supplying a readable account targeting the oldest, such a lot common, and best non secular practices of the traditional Greek international within the Archaic and Classical sessions, Ancient Greek Cults surveys old Greek faith in the course of the cults of its gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines.

Jennifer Larson very easily summarizes an enormous quantity of fabric in lots of languages, in general inaccessible to undergrad scholars, and explores, intimately, the diversity of cults celebrated via the Greeks, how those cults differed geographically, and the way each one deity was once conceptualized in neighborhood cult titles and rituals.

Including an introductory bankruptcy on assets and strategies, and recommendations for extra studying this publication will let readers to realize a clean viewpoint on Greek religion.

Show description

Socrates: A Man for Our Times

By Paul Johnson

“Spectacular . . . A satisfaction to read.”
The Wall highway Journal
 
From bestselling biographer and historian Paul Johnson, an excellent portrait of Socrates, the founder of philosophy

In his hugely acclaimed variety, historian Paul Johnson masterfully disentangles centuries of scarce assets to supply a riveting account of Socrates, who's usually hailed because the most vital philosopher of all time. Johnson offers a compelling photo of Athens within the 5th century BCE, and of the folk Socrates reciprocally thrilled in, in addition to many enlightening and intimate analyses of particular features of his character. Enchantingly portraying "the sheer strength of Socrates's brain, and its specific blend of metal, subtlety, and frivolity," Paul Johnson captures the sizeable and interesting lifetime of a guy who did not anything under provide the elemental equipment of the human brain.

Show description

History of Greek Culture

By Jacob Burckhardt

This enormous paintings via a unusual eu pupil offers a scrupulously reasonable method of old Greek civilization. Professor Burckhardt dispenses with superficial and mawkish perspectives of historic Greece to include a extra refined and actual imaginative and prescient of a fancy tradition that practiced either the simplest and worst parts of the social agreement. A penetrating philosopher with a genius for concrete representation, Burckhardt starts off with a radical account of the improvement of the polis, or city-state, exploring its nearby adaptations and delivering a balanced appraisal of its virtues and faults. within the moment half, he discusses fantastic arts and their expression, with specific concentrate on sculpture, portray, and structure. half 3 examines poesy and song, with an in-depth account of Homeric traditions and their position in conserving the shape and order of Greek ideals and myths, in addition to a attention of different poetic varieties, together with the classical theater. the ultimate half contains perceptive bills of diverse and enduring Greek achievements in philosophy, technology, and oratory. as well as a great word list, the paintings is profusely illustrated with eighty images and plenty of nice drawings.

Show description

Selected Dialogues of Plato: The Benjamin Jowett Translation (Modern Library Classics)

By Plato, Benjamin Jowett

Benjamin Jowett's translations of Plato have lengthy been classics of their personal correct. during this quantity, Professor Hayden Pelliccia has revised Jowett's renderings of 5 key dialogues, giving us a latest Plato trustworthy to either Jowett's most sensible positive factors and Plato's personal masterly style.

Gathered listed here are lots of Plato's liveliest and richest texts. Ion takes up the query of poetry and introduces the Socratic strategy. Protagoras discusses poetic interpretation and indicates why cross-examination is how one can get on the fact. Phaedrus takes at the nature of rhetoric, psychology, and love, as does the recognized Symposium. eventually, Apology provides us Socrates' paintings of persuasion placed to the final word test--defending his personal life.

Pelliccia's new creation to this quantity clarifies its contents and addresses the demanding situations of translating Plato freshly and safely. In its mix of accessibility and intensity, chosen Dialogues of Plato is the fitting creation to 1 of the main thinkers of all time.

Show description

The Greeks and Greek Civilization

By Jacob Burckhardt

From one of many maximum historians of our glossy age comes a masterpiece too debatable to be released in his personal time. Jacob Burckhardt (1818-1897) portrayed old Greek tradition as an aristocratic global in line with ruthless pageant for honor, which led, in flip, to a tyrannous nation with minimum own freedom.

Show description

The Complete Archaeology of Greece: From Hunter-Gatherers to the 20th Century A.D.

The entire Archaeology of Greece covers the significant richness and diversity of Greek tradition and its critical function in our knowing of eu civilization, from the Palaeolithic period of 400,000 years in the past to the early glossy interval. in one quantity, the field's conventional specialise in paintings and structure has been mixed with a rigorous assessment of the newest archaeological proof forming a very accomplished paintings on Greek civilization.

*Extensive notes at the textual content are freely to be had on-line at Wiley on-line Library, and comprise extra information and references for either the intense researcher and amateur

  • A distinctive single-volume exploration of the extreme improvement of human society in Greece from the earliest human strains up until the early twentieth century AD
  • Provides 22 chapters and an creation chronologically surveying the levels of Greek tradition, with over 2 hundred illustrations
  • Features over 2 hundred photos of paintings, structure, and historical texts, and integrates new archaeological discoveries for a extra distinctive photograph of the Greece previous, its panorama, and its people
  • Explains how clinical advances in archaeology have supplied a broader point of view on Greek prehistory and history

Selected by means of selection as a 2013 extraordinary educational Title

Show description

Warfare in Ancient Greece: Arms and Armour from the Heroes of Homer to Alexander the Great

By Tim Everson

In this primary complete learn of historical Greek battle for over 35 years, Tim Everson discusses sincerely and carefully the historical past, guns and strategies of the traditional Greeks. He describes the guns, armour, helmets, chariots and different army gear utilized in from c. 1550 to a hundred and fifty BC and lines how and while numerous items of apparatus got here into use; whether or not they have been brought from different areas or have been local advancements; the effectiveness of the armour and guns used and whilst and why issues replaced (or not). Set opposed to a heritage of a vast historical past of Greek war - how they fought, why they fought and the advancements in strategies over the centuries - he examines either the archaeological proof of exact unearths, in addition to historic depictions of army gear on vases and in sculpture and literary proof of Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and plenty of different historical authors.

Show description