Argos and the Argolid, first published in 1972, presents a study of the history and achievements of the Argives, who have hitherto been largely neglected: partly because Classical Argos is overshadowed by the legends of an earlier millennium, and partly because many of her monuments and records have been lost.
Richard Tomlinson describes the region, and considers the relationship between the Argives who claimed Dorian descent and those whose ancestors were in all probability the inhabitants of the region during the Bronze Age. In particular, he emphasises the Argives’ role as a ‘third force’ in mainland Greek history, where they challenged the supremacy of the Spartans in Peloponnesian affairs.
This thorough treatment is intended to correct the usual bias in favour of the better documented affairs of Athens and Sparta. It includes an assessment of Argive military and political organisation, and of their contribution to the arts of Ancient Greece.
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction Part I: The Land 1. The Argolid 2. The Towns Part Two: The History of Argos 3. The Creation of Dorian Argos 4. The Return of the Herakleidai and the Lot of Temenos 5. He Dorian Settlement 6. Argos in the Ninth and Eighth Centuries 7. Pheidon of Argos 8. Argos from the End of the Seventh Century to the Persian Wars 9. 479-461 10. 461-451 11. 451-404 12. 404-370 13. 370-336 14. Argos in Hellenistic Times 15. The Intervention of Rome 16. Epilogue Part III: The Argive State and Its Achievement 17. Military Organisation 18. Political Development to the Fifth Century 19. The Argive Diplomacy 20. Religious Cults of the Argolid 21. The Arts in the Argolid; Abbreviations; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index