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Aspects of Greek History 750-323BC

A Source-Based Approach, 2nd Edition

By Terry Buckley


552 pages

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Aspects of Greek History 750- 323 BC: A Source-Based Approach offers an indispensable introduction to the central period of Greek History for all students of classics, from pre-university to undergraduate level. Chapter by chapter, the relevant historical periods from the age of colonization to Alexander the Great are reconstructed. Emphasis is laid on the interpretation of the available sources, and the book sets out to give a clear treatment of all the major problems within a chronological framework.

This new edition brings the book up-to-date with the latest scholarship and includes a more detailed study of Sparta, Delian League, and the Athenian Empire, expands the range of sources examined, and offers an extended discussion of the growth of Athenian Imperialism towards Samos, Mytilene and Melos.

It includes:

  • a critical discussion of the lives, works, usefulness and reliability of the main literary sources: Thucydides, Herodotus, Xenophon, Plutarch, Diodorus, and Aristotle
  • numerous quotations and references from these and other sources, including inscriptional and archaeological evidence, accompanied by a critical analysis of their worth
  • maps, a glossary of Greek terms, and a full chapter-based bibliography.

Aspects of Greek History is an invaluable aid to note-taking, essay preparation and examination revision.

Table of Contents

1. The Main Literary Sources 2. The Causes of Colonization in Archaic Greece 3. The Age of Greek Tyranny, c650–510 4. The 'Lycurgan' Reforms and The Rise of Sparta in the 7th and 6th Centuries 5. The Reforms of Solon 6. The Tyranny of the Peisistratids at Athens 7. The Reforms of Cleisthenes and the Development of Athenian Democracy 8. Athenian Politics from Cleisthenes to the Outbreak of the Persian War 9. The Persian War: Greek Strategy and the Leadership of Sparta in 480–479 10. The Delian League and Athenian Empire 11. Athenian Politics, 487-462/1 12. Spartan Foreign Policy and Problems in the Peloponnese, 478–446/5 13. The Democratic Reforms of Ephialtes and Pericles, 462/1–451/0 14. The Institutions of Athenian Democracy 15. Athenian Foreign Policy in the First Peloponnesian War, 462/1–446/5 16. The Athenian Empire: Means of Control, Benefits and Popularity 17. The Causes of the Peloponnesian War 18. Pericles and the Nature of Athenian Politics 19. Athenian and Spartan Strategy in the Archidamian War, 431–421 20. Sparta, The Peloponnese and the Outbreak of the Decelean War, 421-413 21. Athens and the West, 458–413 22. Persian Intervention in the Ionian War, 413–404 23. The Rise and Fall of the Oligarchic Movement in Athens, 411–410 24. Spartan Foreign Policy, 404–387/6 25. The 'Hegemony' of Thebes, 371–362 26. The Rise of Macedon (359–336): Diplomacy and Warfare under Philip II 27. Alexander's Generalship at the Battles of Granicus River (334), Issus (333), and Gaugamela (331)

About the Author

Terry Buckley has recently retired from full-time teaching, having held the post of Head of Classics at Camden School for Girls and Roedean. He has also been for many years a member of the JACT Ancient History Committee.

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HISTORY / Ancient / General