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xxxii, 446 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Green Library
xxxiv, 446 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
The ancient world that Alexander the Great transformed in his lifetime was transformed once more by his death. The imperial dynasties of his successors incorporated and reorganized the fallen Persian empire, creating a new land empire stretching from the shores of the Mediterranean to as far east as Bactria. In old Greece a fragile balance of power was continually disturbed by wars. Then, from the late third century, the military and diplomatic power of Rome successively defeated and dismantled every one of the post-Alexandrian political structures. The Hellenistic period (c. 323-30 BC) was then one of fragmentation, violent antagonism between large states, and struggles by small polities to retain an illusion of independence. Yet it was also a period of growth, prosperity, and intellectual achievement. A vast network spread of trade, influence and cultural contact, from Italy to Afghanistan and from Russia to Ethiopia, enriching and enlivening centres of wealth, power and intellectual ferment. From Alexander the Great's early days building an empire, via wars with Rome, rampaging pirates, Cleopatra's death and the Jewish diaspora, right up to the death of Hadrian, Chaniotis examines the social structures, economic trends, political upheaval and technological progress of an era that spans five centuries and where, perhaps, modernity began.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781846682964 20180416
Green Library
368 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 26 cm
Green Library
xv, 430 pages : illustrations, map ; 26 cm
  • Introduction G. E. R. Lloyd-- Part I. Methodological Issues and Goals: 1. Why some comparisons make more difference than others Nathan Sivin-- 2. Comparing comparisons Walter Scheidel-- 3. On the very idea of (philosophical?) translation Robert Wardy-- Part II. Philosophy and Religion: 4. Freedom in parts of the Zhuangzi and Epictetus R. A. H. King-- 5. Shame and moral education in Aristotle and Xunzi Jingyi Jenny Zhao-- 6. Human and animal in early China and Greece Lisa Raphals-- 7. Genealogies of ghosts, gods and humans: the capriciousness of the Divine in early Greece and China Michael Puett-- Part III. Art and Literature: 8. Visual art and historical representation in Ancient Greece and China Jeremy Tanner-- 9. Helen and Chinese femmes fatales Yiqun Zhou-- Part IV. Mathematics and Life Sciences: 10. Divisions, big and small: comparing Archimedes and Liu Hui Reviel Netz-- 11. Abstraction as a value in the historiography of mathematics in Ancient Greece and China Karine Chemla-- 12. Recipes for love in the ancient world Vivienne Lo and Eleanor Re'em-- Part V. Agriculture, Planning and Institutions: 13. From the harvest to the meal in prehistoric China and Greece: a comparative approach to the social context of food Xinyi Liu, Evi Margaritis and Martin Jones-- 14. On libraries and manuscript culture in Western Han Chang'an and Alexandria Michael Nylan-- Afterword Michael Loewe.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107086661 20180326
Ancient Greece and China Compared is a pioneering, methodologically sophisticated set of studies, bringing together scholars who all share the conviction that the sustained critical comparison and contrast between ancient societies can bring to light significant aspects of each that would be missed by focusing on just one of them. The topics tackled include key issues in philosophy and religion, in art and literature, in mathematics and the life sciences (including gender studies), in agriculture, city planning and institutions. The volume also analyses how to go about the task of comparing, including finding viable comparanda and avoiding the trap of interpreting one culture in terms appropriate only to another. The book is set to provide a model for future collaborative and interdisciplinary work exploring what is common between ancient civilisations, what is distinctive of particular ones, and what may help to account for the latter.
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5. Ancient Macedonia [2018]

xviii, 307 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Early Macedonia
  • Macedonia and the Argead monarchy in the fifth century
  • Macedonian succession and survival, 399-360
  • Philip II, 306-336 : consolidation and expansion
  • Macedonian military
  • Alexander III and Macedonia, 356-334
  • Alexander and the Macedonians beyond Macedonia, 334-323
  • Antipater and the early wars of the successors, 334-319
  • Between dynasties, 319-279 : wars of the successors
  • The Antigonids, the Greek Leagues, and Rome, 278-167.
Green Library
199, 8 p. : illustrations ; 25 cm
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xi, 392 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • INTRODUCTION. More than a place: Athens in the sixth century PART ONE. The kinship community 1. The Athenian kinsmen The astoi and the gnesioi The functioning of the kinship community 2. Solon's organization of the kinship community The reforms and laws of Solon Solon's reforms: a reappraisal ã PART TWO. The legal community 3. Politeia and politai 1. Grants of politeia "by decree" and ethnics 2. The status of politai 4. Solon and the Athenian politeia 1. Reinterpreting Solon's politeia 2. The legal community and (written) laws PART THREE. The political community 5. Politeia and politics 1. The political use of politeia 2. The diapsephismos of 510 and later diapsephismoi 6. Cleisthenes and the emergence of the political community 1. Status and participation 2. Cleisthenes's reorganization of Attica ã EPILOGUE. Approximating the Athenian community APPENDICES 1. The "citizenship of bastards" 2. Adultery and moicheia in ancient Athens 3. The "Plataean politeia" 4. Politeia and symbola 5. The "ancestral constitution" (patrios politeia) 6. The politeia of the younger Pericles INDICES Index of Inscriptions and Papyri Index of Classical Authors and Texts Index of Names and Subjects Select Bibliography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138083516 20171218
The Birth of the Athenian Community elucidates the social and political development of Athens in the sixth century, when, as a result of reforms by Solon and Cleisthenes (at the beginning and end of the sixth century, respectively), Athens turned into the most advanced and famous city, or polis, of the entire ancient Greek civilization. Undermining the current dominant approach, which seeks to explain ancient Athens in modern terms, dividing all Athenians into citizens and non-citizens, this book rationalizes the development of Athens, and other Greek poleis, as a gradually rising complexity, rather than a linear progression. The multidimensional social fabric of Athens was comprised of three major groups: the kinship community of the astoi, whose privileged status was due to their origins; the legal community of the politai, who enjoyed legal and social equality in the polis; and the political community of the demotai, or adult males with political rights. These communities only partially overlapped. Their evolving relationship determined the course of Athenian history, including Cleisthenes' establishment of demokratia, which was originally, and for a long time, a kinship democracy, since it only belonged to qualified male astoi.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138083516 20171218
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1 online resource.
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xiv, 300 pages : maps ; 24 cm
  • Imperial geographies : city, settlement, and ideology in the formation of the Hellenistic kingdoms
  • Urbanization and economic networks
  • Civic cults between continuity and change
  • Consensus, community, and discourses of power.
In the chaotic decades after the death of Alexander the Great, the world of the Greek city-state became deeply embroiled in the political struggles and unremitting violence of his successors' contest for supremacy. As these presumptive rulers turned to the practical reality of administering the disparate territories under their control, they increasingly developed new cities by merging smaller settlements into large urban agglomerations. This practice of synoikism gave rise to many of the most important cities of the age, initiated major shifts in patterns of settlement, and consolidated numerous previously independent polities. The result was the increasing transformation of the fragmented world of the small Greek polis into an urbanized network of cities. Drawing on a wide array of archaeological, epigraphic, and textual evidence, City and Empire in the Age of the Successors reinterprets the role of urbanization in the creation of the Hellenistic kingdoms and argues for the agency of local actors in the formation of these new imperial cities.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520296923 20180416
Green Library
xii, 272 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
  • 1. Places of darkness: colonial settlements and the history of classical Greece-- 2. Huts and houses: a question of ideology?-- 3. Tombs: visibility and invisibility in colonial societies-- 4. Fields: colonial definitions of equality-- 5. Farms: the end of equality?-- 6. Mountains: the limits of Greekness and citizenship-- 7. Workshops: Banausoi in the colony-- 8. Classical Greece from a colonial perspective-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781108419031 20171218
In this book, Gabriel Zuchtriegel explores and reconstructs the unwritten history of Classical Greece - the experience of nonelite colonial populations. Using postcolonial critical methods to analyze Greek settlements and their hinterlands of the fifth and fourth centuries BC, he reconstructs the social and economic structures in which exploitation, violence, and subjugation were implicit. He mines literary sources and inscriptions, as well as archaeological and data from excavations and field surveys, much of it published here for the first time, that offer new insights into the lives and status of nonelite populations in Greek colonies. Zuchtriegel demonstrates that Greece's colonial experience has far-reaching implications beyond the study of archaeology and ancient history. As reflected in foundational texts such as Plato's 'Laws' and Aristotle's 'Politics', the ideology that sustained Greek colonialism is still felt in many Western societies.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781108419031 20171218
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viii, 206 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 22 cm.
Green Library
2 volumes (various pagings) : illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • Notes on Contributors ix Foreword by Paul Cartledge xii Preface xvii PART I Reconstructing Sparta: General 1 1 Sparta: Reconstructing History from Secrecy, Lies and Myth 3Anton Powell 2 Sparta: An Exceptional Domination of State over Society? 29Stephen Hodkinson PART II Origins: From Pre-Classical to Classical Culture 59 3 An Archaeology of Ancient Sparta with Reference to Laconia and Messenia 61William Cavanagh 4 Lykourgos the Spartan Lawgiver : Ancient Beliefs and Modern Scholarship 93Massimo Nafissi 5 Laconian Pottery 124Maria Pipili 6 Laconian Art 154Francise Prost (Translated by James Roy) 7 Pre ]Classical Sparta as Song Culture 177Claude Calame (Translated by James Roy) 8 Luxury, Austerity and Equality in Sparta 202Hans van Wees 9 The Common Messes 236Hans van Wees PART III Political and Military History: The Classical Period and Beyond 269 10 Sparta and the Persian Wars, 499 478 271Marcello Lupi 11 Sparta s Foreign and Internal History 478 403 291Anton Powell 12 The Empire of the Spartans (404 371) 320Francoise Ruze(Translated by Anton Powell) 13 Sparta and the Peloponnese from the Archaic Period to 362 bc 354James Roy 14 From Leuktra to Nabis, 371 192 374Daniel Stewart 15 Sparta in the Roman Period 403Yves Lafond(Translated by Anton Powell) Notes on Contributors ix PART IV Culture, Society and Economy: The Classical Period and Beyond 423 16 Spartan Religion 425Michael A. Flower 17 Kingship: The History, Power, and Prerogatives of the Spartans Divine Dyarchy 452Ellen G. Millender 18 Equality and Distinction within the Spartiate Community 480Philip Davies 19 Spartan Women 500Ellen G. Millender 20 Spartan Education in the Classical Period 525Nicolas Richer (Translated by Anton Powell) 21 Sparta and Athletics 543Paul Christesen 22 Helotage and the Spartan Economy 565Thomas Figueira 23 The Perioikoi 596Jean Ducat(Translated by Anton Powell) 24 Roads and Quarries in Laconia 615Jacqueline Christien (Translated by Christopher Annandale and Anton Powell) 25 Spartan Cultural Memory in the Roman Period 643Nigel M. Kennell PART V Reception of Sparta in Recent Centuries 663 26 The Literary Reception of Sparta in France 665Haydn Mason 27 Reception of Sparta in Germany and German ]Speaking Europe 685Stefan Rebenich 28 Reception of Sparta in North America: Eighteenth to Twenty ]First Centuries 704Sean R. Jensen 29 Sparta and the Imperial Schools of Britain: Comparisons 723Anton Powell Bibliography 760 Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781405188692 20180122
The two-volume A Companion to Sparta presents the first comprehensive, multi-authored series of essays to address all aspects of Spartan history and society from its origins in the Greek Dark Ages to the late Roman Empire. Offers a lucid, comprehensive introduction to all aspects of Sparta, a community recognised by contemporary cities as the greatest power in classical GreeceFeatures in-depth coverage of Sparta history and culture contributed by an international cast including almost every noted specialist and scholar in the fieldProvides over a dozen images of Spartan art that reveal the evolution of everyday life in SpartaSheds new light on a modern controversy relating to changes in Spartan society from the Archaic to Classical periods.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781405188692 20180122
Green Library
xiv, 341 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, plans ; 23 cm.
  • 1. Introduction2. Sources3. People of Corinth4. Administration & Civic Amenities5. Religion6. Public Entertainments from arenas to obsolesence7. Residential, productive and commercial space8. Fortifications9. Conclusions10. Bibliography.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781784538231 20180430
Late antique Corinth was on the frontline of the radical political, economic and religious transformations that swept across the Mediterranean world from the second to sixth centuries CE. A strategic merchant city, it became a hugely important metropolis in Roman Greece and, later, a key focal point for early Christianity. In late antiquity, Corinthians recognised new Christian authorities; adopted novel rites of civic celebration and decoration; and destroyed, rebuilt and added to the city's ancient landscape and monuments. Drawing on evidence from ancient literary sources, extensive archaeological excavations and historical records, Amelia Brown here surveys this period of urban transformation, from the old Agora and temples to new churches and fortifications. Influenced by the methodological advances of urban studies, Brown demonstrates the many ways Corinthians responded to internal and external pressures by building, demolishing and repurposing urban public space, thus transforming Corinthian society, civic identity and urban infrastructure. In a departure from isolated textual and archaeological studies, she connects this process to broader changes in metropolitan life, contributing to the present understanding of urban experience in the late antique Mediterranean.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781784538231 20180430
Green Library
250 pages ; 25 cm.
  • Foreword[-]Introduction[-]Chapter 1 Nikephoros the Layman[-]Chapter 2 Short History in the Byzantine Historiographical Tradition[-]Chapter 3 Herakleios - a Model of an Emperor[-]Chapter 4 The Dark Century[-]Chapter 5 Iconoclasts Restoring Order[-]Conclusion[-]Glossary[-]Abbreviations and Bibliography[-]Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9789462980396 20180312
Emperor, Patriarch, Church, State, Orthodoxy, Byzantine Empire.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789462980396 20180312
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xxi, 511 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • Machine generated contents note:
  • Preface and Acknowledgements
  • Conventions and Abbreviations
  • List of Illustrations
  • List of Maps
  • Chronology and King Lists
  • General Maps
  • Introduction I: Historical Background
  • Introduction II: Environmental Background
  • ACT I: The Archaic Period (c. 750-480): The Formation of States
  • 1. The Emergence of the Greeks in the Mediterranean
  • 2. Aristocracy and the Archaic State
  • 3. The Archaic Greek World
  • 4. Athens in the Seventh and Sixth Centuries
  • 5. The Athenian Democratic Revolution
  • 6. Sparta
  • 7. Greek Religion
  • 8. The Persian Wars
  • 9. The Greeks at War
  • ACT II: The Classical Period (479-323): A Tale, Mainly, of Two Cities
  • 10. The Delian League
  • 11. The Economy of Greece
  • 12. Periclean Athens
  • 13. Women, Sexuality, and Family Life
  • 14. The Peloponnesian War
  • 15. Socrates and the Thirty Tyrants
  • 16. The Futility of War
  • 17. Athens and Macedon
  • 18. Alexander the Great
  • 19. The Instability of Syracuse
  • ACT III: The Hellenistic Period (323-30): Greeks, Macedonians, and Romans
  • 20. The Successor Kingdoms
  • 21. Greeks and Macedonians in the Third Century
  • 22. The Greek Cities in the New World
  • 23. Life and Culture in the Hellenistic World
  • 24. The Roman Conquest
  • 25. A Feat of Imagination
  • Glossary
  • Recommended Reading
  • Index.
"We Greeks are one in blood and one in language; we have temples to the gods and religious rites in common, and a common way of life." So the fifth-century historian Herodotus has some Athenians declare, in explanation of why they would never betray their fellow Greeks to the enemy, the "barbarian" Persians. And he might have added further common features, such as clothing, foodways, and political institutions. But if the Greeks knew that they were kin, why did many of them side with the Persians against fellow Greeks, and why, more generally, is ancient Greek history so often the history of internecine wars and other forms of competition with one another? This is the question acclaimed historian Robin Waterfield sets out to explore in this magisterial history of ancient Greece. With more information, more engagingly presented, than any similar work, this is the best single-volume account of ancient Greece in more than a generation. Waterfield gives a comprehensive narrative of seven hundred years of history, from the emergence of the Greeks around 750 BCE to the Roman conquest of the last of the Greco-Macedonian kingdoms in 30 BCE. Equal weight is given to all phases of Greek history -- the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods. But history is not just facts; it is also a matter of how we interpret the evidence. Without compromising the readability of the book, Waterfield incorporates the most recent scholarship by classical historians and archaeologists and asks his readers to think critically about Greek history. A brilliant, up-to-date account of ancient Greece, suitable for history buffs and university students alike, Creators, Conquerors, and Citizens presents a compelling and comprehensive story of this remarkable civilization's disunity, underlying cultural solidarity, and eventual political unification. "-- Provided by publisher.
"A brilliant, up-to-date account of all of ancient Greek history (the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods), suitable for history buffs and university students, enlivened by a strong thesis about the disunity of the Greeks, their underlying cultural unity, and their eventual political unification"-- Provided by publisher.
Green Library
ix, 212 pages ; 24 cm
  • Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations Introduction The History of Delphi Plutarch and the Duality of Delphi Delphi: Sacred Space and Cultural Memory Theological Oracles for Didyma Theological Oracles from Claros Occult Practices: Astrology Theurgy and Soteriology Conclusion Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781472481801 20171127
Examining the final years of Delphic consultation, this monograph argues that the sanctuary operated on two connected, yet distinct levels: the oracle, which was in decline, and the remaining religious, political and social elements at the site which continued to thrive. In contrast to Delphi, other oracular counterparts in Asia Minor, such as Claros and Didyma, rose in prestige as they engaged with new `theological' issues. Issues such as these were not presented to Apollo at Delphi and this lack of expertise could help to explain why Delphi began to decline in importance. The second and third centuries AD witnessed the development of new ways of access to divine wisdom. Particularly widespread were the practices of astrology and the Neoplatonic divinatory system, theurgy. The monograph examines the correlation between the rise of such practices and the decline of oracular consultation at Delphi, analyzing several examples from the Chaldean Oracles to demonstrate the new interest in a personal, soteriological religion. These cases reveal the transfer of Delphi's sacred space, which further impacted the status of the oracle. Delphi's interaction with Christianity in the final years of oracular operation is also discussed. Oracular utterances with Christian overtones are examined along with archaeological remains which demonstrate a shift in the use of space at Delphi from a 'pagan' Panhellenic center to one in which Christianity is accepted and promoted.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781472481801 20171127
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x, 612 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Diodoros, the Speeches, and the Reader / Dennis Pausch
  • The Road Not Taken: Diodoros' Reasons for Including the Speech of Theodoros / Christopher Baron
  • Fate and Valour in Three Battle Descriptions of Diodoros / Joseph Roisman
  • The Moral Dimension of Military History in Diodoros of Sicily / Nadejda Williams.
  • Introduction / Lisa Irene Hau, Alexander Meeus & Brian Sheridan
  • New and Old Approaches to Diodoros: Can They Be Reconciled? / Catherine Rubincam
  • Diodoros of Sicily and the Hellenistic Mind / Kenneth S. Sacks
  • The Origins of Rome in the Bibliotheke of Diodoros / Aude Cohen-Skalli
  • In Praise of Pompeius: Re-reading the Bibliotheke Historike / Richard Westall
  • From Ἱστορίαι to Βιβλιοθήκη and Ἱστορικὰ Ὑπομνήματα / Johannes Engels
  • History's Aims and Audience in the Proem to Diodoros' Bibliotheke/ Alexander Meeus
  • A Monograph on Alexander the Great within a Universal History: Diodoros Book XVII / Luisa Prandi
  • Errors and Doublets: Reconstructing Ephoros and Appreciating Diodoros / Victor Parker
  • A Question of Sources: Diodoros and Herodotos on the River Nile / Jessica Priestley
  • Diodoros' Narrative of the First Sicilian Slave Revolt (c. 140/35- 132 B.C.) - a Reflection of Poseidonios' Ideas and Style? / Piotr Wozniczka
  • How to Read a Diodoros Fragment / Liv Mariah Yarrow
  • Narrator and Narratorial Persona in Diodoros' Bibliotheke (and their Implications for the Tradition of Greek Historiography) / Lisa Irene Hau
  • Ring Composition in Diodoros of Sicily's Account of the Lamian War (XVIII 8-18) / John Walsh
  • Terminology of Political Collaboration and Opposition in Diodoros XI-XX / Cinzia Bearzot
  • The Role of the Gods in Diodoros' Universal History: Religious Thought and History in the Historical Library / Cécile Durvye
  • Diodoros, Mythology, and Historiography / Charles E. Muntz
  • Diodoros and Myth as History / Abram Ring
  • Ethno-Geography as a Key to Interpreting Historical Leaders and Their Expansionist Policies in Diodoros / Serena Bianchetti
  • Diodoros the Bilingual Provincial: Greek Language and Multilingualism in Bibliotheke XVII / Dylan James
  • Inscriptions and Writing in Diodoros' Bibliotheke / Peter Liddel
  • Diodoros, the Speeches, and the Reader / Dennis Pausch
  • The Road Not Taken: Diodoros' Reasons for Including the Speech of Theodoros / Christopher Baron
  • Fate and Valour in Three Battle Descriptions of Diodoros / Joseph Roisman
  • The Moral Dimension of Military History in Diodoros of Sicily / Nadejda Williams.
The Bibliotheke of Diodoros of Sicily is the most voluminous Greek historiographical text from the pre-Christian era, and contains the only preserved continuous account of Classical Greek history; for many aspects of this history, such as the events in Sicily, the rise of Macedon under Philip II or the history of the Successors, it is our main or only source. It is thus often used as a source by ancient historians, and a great deal of energy has been spent on identifying which sources Diodoros himself used. Interest in Diodoros as an author in his own right, however, is a comparatively recent phenomenon. The contributors to this volume, junior scholars as well as leading international experts, set out to confront the old and new approaches to Diodoros, studying his first century BC context, questions of genre and purpose, his relationship to his predecessors, composition and narrative technique, the role of the gods and myth in the work, the use of speeches, and Diodoros' interest in themes like war, writing, language and politics. In so doing they offer exciting new insights into the Bibliotheke and the development of Greek historiography, which in turn also shed important new light on the old question of Diodoros' value as a source. This book is of interest to students of Greek and Roman history, myth, and ancient historiography in general.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789042934986 20180521
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xi, 247 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
  • Introduction Ch. 1 The Land and its People Ch. 2 Communities and Sanctuaries Ch. 3 The Question of Pisa Ch. 4 Archaic Political Events Ch. 5 Synoikism and Democracy Ch. 6 External Relations in the Archaic and Early Classical Periods Ch. 7 Between the Arkhidamian and Dekeleian Wars Ch. 8 The Eleian War Ch. 9 The Early Fourth Century BC Ch. 10 The Middle Fourth Century BC Ch. 11 A New Context, 338-222 BC Ch. 12 Resistance and Subjection, 221-146 BC Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415749572 20170919
Elis examines the city of Elis from its earliest history, through the Archaic period and the Classical period where it reached its zenith, to its decline in the Hellenistic, Roman and later periods. Through examining this prominent city-state, its role in contemporary politics and the place of Olympia in its territory, Graeme Bourke allows the reader to explore broader issues, such as the relationship between the Spartans and their various allies, often collectively referred to as 'the Peloponnesian League', the connection between political structures and Panhellenic sanctuaries, and the network of relationships between various ancient sanctuaries throughout the Greek-speaking world. The volume, which makes available in English for the first time much of the debate about the city, provides a valuable resource for students and academics studying the city of Elis, the Peloponnese and the relationships within it, and pre-Hellenistic Greece as a whole.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415749572 20170919
Green Library
xi, 291 pages ; 23 cm.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198810513 20171218
This volume investigates the history and nature of pain in Greek culture under the Roman Empire (50-250 CE). Traditional accounts of pain in this society have focused either on philosophical or medical theories of pain or on Christian notions of 'suffering'; fascination with the pained body has often been assumed to be a characteristic of Christian society, rather than Imperial culture in general. This book employs tools from contemporary cultural and literary theory to examine the treatment of pain in a range of central cultural discourses from the first three centuries of the Empire, including medicine, religious writing, novelistic literature, and rhetorical ekphrasis. It argues instead that pain was approached from an holistic perspective: rather than treating pain as a narrowly defined physiological perception, it was conceived as a type of embodied experience in which ideas about the body's physiology, the representation and articulation of its perceptions, as well as the emotional and cognitive impact of pain were all important facets of what it meant to be in pain. By bringing this conception to light, scholars are able to redefine our understanding of the social and emotional fabric of Imperial society and help to reposition its relationship with the emergence of Christian society in late antiquity.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198810513 20171218
Green Library
368 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 26 cm
Green Library