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The Greek City : From Homer to Alexander - Oswyn Murray

The Greek City

From Homer to Alexander

By: Oswyn Murray (Editor), Simon Price (Editor)

Paperback Published: 3rd October 1991
ISBN: 9780198147916
Number Of Pages: 400

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The Greek city-state or polis is the earliest advanced form of social organization in the western world; it was the dominant political structure in the Mediterranean area from the eighth until the late fourth century BC, when it was transformed into a basis for world civilization by the conquests of Alexander the Great. The experience of the polis is the starting-point for western political thought. Fourteen new essays by leading scholars from Britain, Denmark, France, Italy, and North America present leading aspects of this phenomenon. The Greek city is placed in the general context of Mediterranean history and its impact on the urbanization of Italy is assessed. Other chapters consider the geography of the polis and the relationship between city and countryside, its political and religious institutions, and the distinction between public and private spheres. The first essay seeks to define then uniqueness of the phenomenon of the polis, and the last assesses the reasons for its decline. The book is written for the general reader and the student of social sciences as much as for professional historians of the ancient world. It presents a variety of contemporary approaches to the phenomenon of the polis.

Industry Reviews

"The book is both provocative and rich in information."--Classical World
"Provide a variety of stimulating models and starting points for the ancient historian interested in pursuing Greek urban history as a fusion of ecological and cultural history."--Ancient History Bulletin

ISBN: 9780198147916
ISBN-10: 0198147910
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 3rd October 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.57 x 13.97  x 2.44
Weight (kg): 0.53