Ancient Greece History
The Wooden Horse
The Liberation of the Western Mind from Odysseus to Socrates
Paperback ISBN: 1590200411
The internationally recognized magisterial history that traces the development of modern Western thought to its origins in Ancient Greek literature What is the foundation of the Western world's conceptions of society, philosophy, and literature? By tracing the processes by which consciousness evolved from its roots in the mother cults of Ancient Greece, world-renowned historian Keld Zerunieth seeks out the answer-his conclusion is the groundbreaking The Wooden Horse. By examining Homer's great epic poems, The Illiad and The Odyssey, Zeruneith explores this fundamental paradigm shift, which constituted nothing less than the liberation of the modern mind, providing startlingly original insight into the psychological forces behind the genesis of European and American culture.
The Oath of Plataea and the End of the Graeco-Persian Wars
Hardcover ISBN: 0199747326
The Battle of Plataea in 479 BCE is one of world history's unjustly neglected events. It decisively ended the threat of a Persian conquest of Greece. It involved tens of thousands of combatants, including the largest number of Greeks ever brought together in a common cause. For the Spartans, the driving force behind the Greek victory, the battle was sweet vengeance for their defeat at Thermopylae the year before. Why has this pivotal battle been so overlooked? In After Thermopylae, Paul Cartledge masterfully reopens one of the great puzzles of ancient Greece to discover, as much as possible, what happened on the field of battle and, just as important, what happened to its memory. Part of the answer to these questions, Cartledge argues, can be found in a little-known oath reputedly sworn by the leaders of Athens, Sparta, and several other Greek city-states prior to the battle-the Oath of Plataea. Through an analysis of this oath, Cartledge provides a wealth of insight into ancient Greek culture. He shows, for example, that when the Athenians and Spartans were not fighting the Persians they were fighting themselves, including a propaganda war for control of the memory of Greece's defeat of the Persians. This helps explain why today we readily remember the Athenian-led victories at Marathon and Salamis but not Sparta's victory at Plataea. Indeed, the Oath illuminates Greek anxieties over historical memory and over the Athens-Sparta rivalry, which would erupt fifty years after Plataea in the Peloponnesian War. In addition, because the Oath was ultimately a religious document, Cartledge also uses it to highlight the profound role of religion and myth in ancient Greek life. With compelling and eye-opening detective work, After Thermopylae provides a long-overdue history of the Battle of Plataea and a rich portrait of the Greek ethos during one of the most critical periods in ancient history.
Hardcover ISBN: 0670021296
A Yale professor's reassessment of the life and contributions of the ancient revisionist historian places him in a context of his time, citing the pivotal influence of his refusal to credit the gods or individuals with the societal events documented in The Peloponnesian War.
The Martial Arts of Ancient Greece
Modern Fighting Techniques from the Age of Alexander
Paperback ISBN: 1594771928
An in-depth guide to the modern practice of Greek martial arts and their beginnings in ancient Greece and Egypt • Examines the correlation between ancient depictions of one-on-one combat and how martial arts are practiced today • Explores the close relationship between Greek martial arts and spiritual practice • Distinguishes between Pammachon (martial arts) and Pankration (combat sports) The ancient friezes and decorative motifs of ancient Greece contain abundant scenes of combat, one-on-one and hand-to-hand. In The Martial Arts of Ancient Greece, the authors offer close inspection of these depictions to reveal that they exactly correlate to the grappling and combat arts as they are practiced today. They also show that these artifacts document the historical course of the development of both the weaponry of the warrior classes and the martial responses those weapons required when fighting hand-to-hand. The depiction of each ancient technique is accompanied by sequenced step-by-step photos of modern practitioners performing the various stances of one-on-one combat. In addition, the authors explain how the development of Hellenic combat arts was tied at its heart to a spiritual practice. The centeredness, clear mind, and consequent courage that develops from a spiritual practice was considered a martial strength for a warrior, enabling him to be at his best, unobstructed inwardly by conflict or inertia. The Martial Arts of Ancient Greece provides a practical and comprehensive approach to the techniques and philosophy of the martial arts of the ancient Mediterranean that will be welcomed by modern fighters.
The Battle That Changed the World
Hardcover ISBN: 1585675660
A dramatic account of the 480 BC battle between the Persian forces of King Xerxes and the Spartans under King Leonidas links the battle's events and outcome to today's world, explaining how the invasion of Europe redefined international culture and class organization.
The Extraordinary Voyage of Pytheas the Greek
Hardcover ISBN: 0802713939
The archaeologist-author of The Ancient Celts provides an in-depth account of the fourth-century B.C. expedition of Pytheas, a Greek explorer who traveled from the Greek colony of Massalia (Marseille) to the distant lands of northern Europe, including Britain, Denmark, and, possibly, Iceland.
THE WORLD OF THE WARRIOR-HEROES OF ANCIENT GREECE
Paperback ISBN: 1400078857
Profiles the culture and civilization of the Spartans of ancient Greece, detailing the lives of such figures as King Leonidas, Helen of Troy, and Lysander, and considering how their achievements, values, and standards have impacted history's perspectives on heroism. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Searching for the Amazons
The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World
Hardcover ISBN: 1681776758
A sweeping history of Amazon culture draws on decades of new research and archaeological studies in the grasslands of central Asia to confirm the tribe's existence, exploring its traditions and ancient legends into the modern world while examining its enduring significance. By the author of Ninja.