Ancient Greece from Homer to Alexander: The Evidence

Ancient Greece from Homer to Alexander: The Evidence

Joseph Roisman

Language: English

Pages: 688

ISBN: 1405127767

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

With fresh, new translations and extensive introductions and annotations, this sourcebook provides an inclusive and integrated view of Greek history, from Homer to Alexander the Great.

  • New translations of original sources are contextualized by insightful introductions and annotations
  • Includes a range of literary, artistic and material evidence from the Homeric, Archaic and Classical Ages
  • Focuses on important developments as well as specific themes to create an integrated perspective on the period
  • Links the political and social history of the Greeks to their intellectual accomplishments
  • Includes an up-to-date bibliography of seminal scholarship
  • An accompanying website offers additional evidence and explanations, as well as links to useful online resources

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Hellenica, begins where Thucydides’ narrative breaks off. It describes affairs in Greece and Asia Minor from 411 to the Battle of Mantinea (II) in 362. Scholars are divided among the “unitarians,” who argue that he wrote the entire work late in life, and the “analysts,” who divide it into two parts: Books 1–2.3.10, which continues the story of the Peloponnesian War to its end and which was written early in Xenophon’s exile (ca. 380?), and the rest of the work (2.3.11–7.5.27), which Xenophon wrote

resources. Indeed, the title “king” appears to denote a level of authority rather than an office, because in Homer there are kings who are more “kingly” than others. Telemachus’ concession to others of the right to be king ( 1.6) shows the weakness of an inherited claim to the throne. Conversely, an inherited claim combined with a measure of divine favor legitimized Agamemnon’s leadership to some degree. It could be that the epics retained memories of leadership by “divine right,” as well as a

Image not available in this digital edition. 38.3.A Phalanx Formations Polybius 18.29.1–30.4 ( 18.29.1) Many considerations make it easy to see that, when the phalanx has its usual characteristics and strength, nothing could withstand its head-on charge or hold out against its attack. ( 29.2) When the ranks close up for battle, a man, with his weapons, takes up three feet of space. The length of the sarissa is, in its original design, sixteen cubits [ca. 7.2 m],1 but this has been reduced to

Lenardon, R.J. 1978. The Saga of Themistocles. London. Lethaby, W.R. 1918. “Greek Lion Monuments.” JHS 38, 37–44. Lewis, D.M. 1977. Sparta and Persia: Lectures Delivered at the University of Cincinnati, autumn 1976 in Memory of Donald W. Bradeen. Leiden. Lewis, D.M. 1981. “The Origins of the First Peloponnesian War.” In G.S. Shrimpton and D.J. McCargar, eds., Classical Contributions: Studies in Honor of Malcolm Francis McGregor. Locust Valley, NY, 71–78. Lewis, D.M. 1985. “Persians in

heroization – they were, after all, Heracles’ descendants – as well as their identification with the state. Herodotus describes their powers and honors. See WEB 7.10 for Xenophon’s account of additional royal honors and powers in Sparta. Herodotus 6.56–59 ( 6.56) The Spartiates have conferred the following privileges on their kings. They both hold two priesthoods, that of Lacedaemonian Zeus and that of Heavenly Zeus, and can commence a war on any country they choose, and no Spartiate may stand

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