A Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and by Sarah B. Pomeroy, Stanley M. Burstein, Walter Donlan,

By Sarah B. Pomeroy, Stanley M. Burstein, Walter Donlan, Jennifer Tolbert Roberts

The tale of the traditional Greeks is among the so much unbelievable luck tales in international heritage. A small humans inhabiting a rustic bad in assets and divided into hundreds and hundreds of quarreling states created the most outstanding civilizations of antiquity. complete and balanced, A Brief historical past of old Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture, moment version, is a shorter model of the authors' hugely profitable Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History, moment variation (OUP, 2007). 4 major gurus at the classical global supply a full of life and updated account of Greek civilization and background in all its complexity and diversity, protecting the full interval from the Bronze Age during the Hellenistic period, and integrating the latest study in archaeology, comparative anthropology, and social historical past. utilizing actual facts from archaeology, the written testimony of literary texts and inscriptions, and anthropological types in accordance with comparative stories, this compact quantity presents an account of the Greek international that's considerate and complex but obtainable to scholars and normal readers with very little wisdom of Greece.
A short background of old Greece, moment variation, is concise sufficient for use along different books in classes in Greek Civilization, Greek and Roman Civilization, historic Greece, or Western Civilization. it really is stronger via text bins that includes excerpts from old documents, an extensive glossary, and a timeline and basic introduction that supply a bird's-eye view of Greek history.

New to the second one Edition
* New sections on early life and on marriage and burial rituals
* An increased remedy of religion
* A revised paintings application that features a new 8-page full-color photograph insert, one hundred twenty five black-and-white photos and illustrations, and 17 new and more suitable custom-drawn maps
* Key terms--in boldface kind once they first seem within the textual content and indexed on the finish of every chapter
* Selective, updated thoughts for additional reading
* A significant other web site that includes scholar self-quizzes, dialogue questions, flashcards of key phrases, bankruptcy summaries, a pronunciation advisor, hyperlinks to necessary web content, and PowerPoint lecture outlines

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Officers wore helmets of bronze or of boars’ tusks, corselets of bronze plates, and bronze greaves (knee and shin protectors). The soldiers were equipped with leather and padded linen versions of these. All combatants carried large shields made of ox hide stretched over a wooden frame. Their weapons were bronze swords and daggers, heavy thrusting spears and light throwing spears, and bows and arrows. The Mycenaeans’ most impressive weapon was the chariot, adopted from the Near East around 1600 BC.

Henceforth, the division into two status groups, the very small group of leaders and the large group of the led, would be a permanent feature of Greek political life. GREECE IN THE EARLY AND MIDDLE BRONZE AGES (c. 3000–1600 BC) Nearly four thousand years after the adoption of agriculture, another fundamental technological innovation was introduced into the villages of Greece: bronze. Neolithic craftsmen in southeastern Europe and western Asia were already skilled at smelting and casting copper, but because it is a soft metal, its usefulness was limited.

A Linear B tablet from Mycenaean-ruled Knossos. On this tablet we can see the numbering system: Circles stand for hundreds, horizontal lines for tens, and vertical lines for units. 30 A Brief History of Ancient Greece slaves, that is, foreigners captured or bought, but native individuals or families who, for whatever reasons, were reduced to a state of permanent dependence on the palace. The palace-complex was the hub of the kingdom’s economy, employing large numbers of workers who turned raw materials into finished products for both domestic consumption and export.

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