Ancient Greece History
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea
Why the Greeks Matter
Hardcover ISBN: 0385495536
Examines the remarkable legacy of the ancient Greeks, from the origins of Greek culture to the development of Western literature, drama, poetry, and philosophy to the Greek influence on human science, mathematics, and logic.
The First Clash
The Miraculous Greek Victory at Marathon And Its Impact on Western Civilization
Hardcover ISBN: 055380734x
A scholarly chronicle describes how Persian invaders were defeated by Greek defenders in the Battle of Marathon, in an account that reveals how an alternate outcome would have posed historical consequences to western civilization.
In the Light of Science
Our Ancient Quest for Knowledge and the Measure of Modern Physics
Paperback ISBN: 1615922253
The birth of science in ancient Greece had a historical impact that is still being felt today. Physicist Demetris Nicolaides examines the epochal shift in thinking that led pre-Socratic philosophers of the sixth and fifth centuries BCE to abandon the prevailing mythologies of the age and, for the first time, to analyze the natural world in terms of impersonal, rationally understood principles. He argues not only that their conceptual breakthroughs anticipated much of later science but that scientists of the twenty-first century are still grappling with the fundamental problems raised twenty-five hundred years ago. Looking at the vast sweep of human history, the author delves into the factors that led to the birth of science: urbanization, the role of religion, and in Greece a progressive intellectual curiosity that was unafraid to question tradition. Why did the first scientific approach to understanding the world take place in Greece? The author makes a convincing case that, aside from factors of geography and politics, the power of the Greek language and a cultural proclivity for critical thinking played a large role. In the Light of Science is a unique approach to the history of science revealing the important links between the ancient past and the present scientific endeavor to understand the universe.
Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, and the Holy Goddesses
Paperback ISBN: 0299315649
This trilogy of Greek tragedies catches everyone in a bloody net of murder and vengeance, until the goddess Athena establishes the rule of law. An important historical document as well as gripping entertainment, The Oresteia comes to vivid life in this fluid verse translation in accessible modern English.
The Landmark Xenophon's Hellenika
Hardcover ISBN: 0375422552
Documents the years between 411 and 362 B.C.E.--which were marked by dynamic political alliances among Athens, Sparta, Thebes and Persia--in an annotated and visually enhanced volume that includes the relevant texts of Diordorus Siculus and the Oxyrhynchus historian.
Peasant-citizen and Slave
The Foundations of Athenian Democracy
Paperback ISBN: 1784781029
The controversial thesis at the center of this study is that, despite the importance of slavery in Athenian society, the most distinctive characteristic of Athenian democracy was the unprecedented prominence it gave to free labor. Wood argues that the emergence of the peasant as citizen, juridically and politically independent, accounts for much that is remarkable in Athenian political institutions and culture.
The Greeks and Greek Civilization
Hardcover ISBN: 0312192762
The landmark study of ancient Greek civilization by a renowned nineteenth-century scholar and historian sheds new light on Greek culture and its influence that rejects the long-held myth of the Greek democratic state. 25,000 first printing.