By David Stuttard
During this unique new method of telling the Greek tale, David Stuttard weaves jointly the lives of 50 movers and shakers of the Greek international right into a non-stop, chronologically geared up narrative, from the early tyrant rulers Peisistratus and Polycrates, during the stirrings of democracy less than Cleisthenes to the increase of Macedon below Philip II and Alexander the good and the eventual decline of the Greek global as Rome rose. The political leaders, writers, artists and philosophers of historical Greece became a small team of urban states right into a pan-Mediterranean civilization, whose legacy are available all over the place this present day. yet who have been those humans, what can we comprehend in their lives and the way did they have interaction with one another?
Table of Contents
History and identification within the historical Greek global
Of Gods and Heroes
Hesiod and Homer: The beginning of the Gods and the a long time of guy
Homer and the Beginnings of Biography
The Logographoi and the Stirrings of Historiography
The Age of Tyrants
PEISISTRATUS / POLYCRATES / SAPPHO / PYTHAGORAS / MILO / HIPPIAS / CLEISTHENES / HISTIAEUS / MILTIADES
Greece in danger
CIMON / THEMISTOCLES / LEONIDAS / GELON / HIERON / PINDAR / AESCHYLUS
The Age of Pericles
PERICLES / HERODOTUS / SOPHOCLES / EMPEDOCLES / PROTAGORAS / PHEIDIAS / ASPASIA
ALCIBIADES / CLEON / THUCYDIDES / ARISTOPHANES / EURIPIDES / ZEUXIS / GORGIAS / SOCRATES bankruptcy 6
XENOPHON / LYSANDER / EPAMINONDAS / LYSIAS / DEMOSTHENES / PLATO / ARISTOTLE
The Age of the Dynasts
ALEXANDER III / PTOLEMY I / DEMETRIUS OF PHALERUM / MENANDER / APELLES / EPICURUS
In the Shadow of Rome
PYRRHUS OF EPIRUS / APOLLONIUS OF RHODES / ARCHIMEDES / ATTALUS / PHILOPOEMEN / POLYBIUS
Lives in a reflect
Sources of Illustrations
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