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Catalogue of books on the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome

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87956
Adkins, Arthur W.H.
Merit and Responsibility: A Study in Greek Values
Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1970.
Hardcover, octavo; dark blue boards with gilt spine titling and publisher's insignia; 380pp., Appendix, Bibliography and indexes. Bookseller's sticker. Minor wear; spotting to upper text block edges. Blue card, price-clipped dustwrapper with scattered spotting, browning to spine and tiny tears at corners (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film and white paper backing). Very good to near fine otherwise. A large part of this book consists in describing what the ancient Greeks valued in human character and human action what were their standards of goodness in character and action, which qualities took precedence, which qualities were connoted by which value-terms, and what was the order of strength among value-terms. These questions are asked of Homer, Hesiod, Tyrtaeus, Xenophanes, Solon, Theognis, the tragedians, Pindar, Simonides, Herodotus, Thucydides, Lysias and Plato. The book also deals with Greek ideas on responsibility and connected matters including compulsion, divine intervention, pollution, sanctions after death, free will and punishment. But what is the Greek term for 'responsibility'? There is none. The author is not talking about a Greek concept at all, but about the absence from Greek of an English concept.
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$100
95791
Alston, Richard
Rome's Revolution Death of the Republic & the Birth of the Empire
Oxford University Press, Oxford UK, 2015.
Octavo hardcover; 385pp., monochrome illustrations. Dustwrapper. Remainder, new. Novelized, televised, and endlessly scrutinized by scholars, the fall of the Roman Republic marks one of history's great turning points. Historians have studied the descent of the Republic into civil war as a great political tragedy, a warning from the past about the unsustainability of empires; political scientists have labelled it a parable about militarism, populism, moral decay, or the inevitable corruption of political systems. Yet the familiar story of the Roman Republic's downfall continues to be the story of its elites. What if we started thinking about Roman politics not from the perspectives of Caesar and Cicero, but from the point of view of the soldier, the peasant, or the pauper? In an original account of what he calls Rome's revolution, Richard Alston reinscribes these humble protagonists into their tumultuous era. They, like the ruthless aristocrats they swore allegiance to, were political agents, negotiating their positions in the context of a 'failed state.' Rome's Revolution blends riveting historical narrative with socio-economic analysis, restoring a rich context to the cataclysmic violence of the period. In addition to chronicling the drama of aristocratic rivalries, the book digs beneath the high politics of Cicero, Caesar, Antony and Octavian to examine the problems of making a living in first-century BC Italy. Portraying the revolution as the crisis of a violent society - both among the citizenry and among a ruling class whose legitimacy was dwindling - Rome's Revolution provides new insight into the motivations that drove men to march on their capital city and slaughter their compatriots.
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$25
92310
Anderson, Graham
The Second Sophistic A Cultural Phenomenon in the Roman Empire
Routledge, London, 1993.
Octavo; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine-titles and decorated endpapers; 303pp. Minor wear. Dustwrapper. Near fine. Sophism was the single most important movement in second century literature: prose of that period came to be written as entertainment rather than confined to historical subjects. Graham Anderson shows how the Greek sophists' skills in public speaking enabled them to perform effectively across a variety of activities. As he presents the sophists' roles as civic celebrities side-by-side with their roles as transmitters of Hellenic culture and literary artists, a co-ordinated view of the Second Sophistic as a complex phenomenon emerges.
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$75
203053
Billows, Richard A
Marathon How One Battle Changed Western Civilization
Overlook Duckworth, New York, NY, USA, 2010.
Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in papered boards with blind-stamped upper board decoration; dustwrapper; 304pp., untrimmed, with monochrome photographic illustrations and 5 maps. Minor wear only; near fine. John Stuart Mill once famously commented that, even more so than the Battle of Hastings, the Battle of Marathon was the most important military engagement to impact upon the history of Britain. In this retelling of the events of that battle, Richard Billows evaluates the encounter of Kleisthenes' Athenians with the larger army of the Persians under Darius and winds up in full support of Mills's position. Taking every aspect of the encounter in turn, from battlefield topography to arms and armour, Billows ticks off the elements that detail how this battle was perhaps critical in moulding the development of Western culture.
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$25
75947
Bittlestone, Robert with James Diggle & John Underhill
Odysseus Unbound The Search for Homer's Ithaca
Cambridge University Press, Cambridgeshire, UK, 2005.
Quarto; hardcover; blue boards with white spine titling and blue endpapers; 598pp., colour illustrations. Review copy sticker to front endpaper; very minor wear otherwise. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Where is the Ithaca described in such detail in Homer's Odyssey? The mystery has baffled scholars for over two millennia, particularly because Homer's descriptions bear little resemblance to the modern island called Ithaki. This highly illustrated book tells the extraordinary story of the exciting recent discovery of the true location of Homer's Ithaca by following a detective trail of literary, geological and archaeological clues. We can now identify all the places on the island that are mentioned in the epic - even the site of Odysseus' Palace itself. The pages of the Odyssey come alive as we follow its events through a landscape that opens up before our eyes via glorious colour photographs and 3D satellite images. Over a century after Schliemann's discovery of Troy, this breakthrough will revolutionise our understanding of Homer's texts and of our cultural ancestors in Bronze Age Greece.
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$40
92457
Boardman, John, et al.
The Art and Architecture of Ancient Greece
Thames & Hudson, London, 1967.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine -titles and upper board decoration; 600pp., with 52 tipped-in full-colour plates and many colour and monochrome illustrations, 189 text figures. Previous owner's bookplate, preliminaries quite spotted. light spotting to text block edges; dustwrapper worn at edges, some small scrapes and minor tear. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. This comprehensive work represents the last word in scholarly discussion and meaningful illustration of the astonishing artistic achievement of ancient Greece, the culture to which Western civilization owes more than to any other. Architecture, sculpture, painting, vase painting, and all branches of the applied arts are copiously represented in this survey, which ranges over 1000 years. Greek art remains a constant source of delight and instruction to us because in it we discern all the standards, conventions, strengths and weaknesses that have since been embodied in Western art down to the present day. Moreover, each year fresh researches alter our assessment of it, compelling us to reconsider even the most familiar works. A valuable feature of the work is that the authors do not confine their attention to original works. They also consider Greek and Roman copies which have preserved for posterity the beauty of many important works which have not survived in their original form.
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$90
89228
Breton Connelly, Joan
The Parthenon Enigma A new understanding of the West's most iconic building and the people who made it
Borzoi Books/Alfred A Knopf/Random House LLC., New York NY, 2014.
Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in papered boards with gilt spine-titling and illustrated endpapers; 486pp., untrimmed, with maps, diagrams, many monochrome illustrations and 8pp. of full-colour plates. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. Built in the fifth century B.C., the Parthenon has been venerated for more than two millennia as the West's ultimate paragon of beauty and proportion. Since the Enlightenment, it has also come to represent our political ideals, the lavish temple to the goddess Athena serving as the model for our most hallowed civic architecture. But how much do the values of those who built the Parthenon truly correspond with our own? And apart from the significance with which we have invested it, what exactly did this marvel of human hands mean to those who made it? In this revolutionary book, Joan Breton Connelly challenges our most basic assumptions about the Parthenon and the ancient Athenians. Beginning with the natural environment and its rich mythic associations, she re-creates the development of the Acropolis the Sacred Rock at the heart of the city-state from its prehistoric origins to its Periklean glory days as a constellation of temples among which the Parthenon stood supreme. In particular, she probes the Parthenon's legendary frieze: the 525-foot-long relief sculpture that originally encircled the upper reaches before it was partially destroyed by Venetian cannon fire (in the seventeenth century) and most of what remained was shipped off to Britain (in the nineteenth century), along with the Elgin marbles. The frieze's vast enigmatic procession a dazzling pageant of cavalrymen and elders, musicians and maidens has for more than two hundred years been thought to represent a scene of annual civic celebration in the birthplace of democracy. But thanks to a once-lost play by Euripides (the discovery of which, in the wrappings of a Hellenistic Egyptian mummy, is only one of this book's intriguing adventures), Connelly has uncovered a long-buried meaning, a story of human sacrifice set during the city's mythic founding. In a society startlingly preoccupied with cult ritual, this story was at the core of what it meant to be Athenian. Connelly reveals a world that beggars our popular notions of Athens as a city of staid philosophers, rationalists, and rhetoricians, a world in which our modern secular conception of democracy would have been simply incomprehensible. The Parthenon's full significance has been obscured until now owing in no small part, Connelly argues, to the frieze's dismemberment. And so her investigation concludes with a call to reunite the pieces, in order that what is perhaps the greatest single work of art surviving from antiquity may be viewed more nearly as its makers intended. Marshalling a breathtaking range of textual and visual evidence, full of fresh insights woven into a thrilling narrative that brings the distant past to life, The Parthenon Enigma is sure to become a landmark in our understanding of the civilization from which we claim cultural descent.
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$25
92621
Cameron, Alan
Porphyrius the Charioteer
Clarendon Press, Oxford UK, 1999.
Hardcover, octavo; 280pp., monochrome illustrations. Dustwrapper. Remainder, new. Porphyrius Calliopas was the greatest of all the heroes of the sixth century Byzantine hippodrome, celebrated in the "Anthology" and in the monumental reliefs. Only two bases of monuments survive, the second found in 1963. This book, first published in 1973, presented the first published study of this second base, elucidating the iconography and explaining the inscriptions. The author, Cameron, infers that there were a further five monuments to Porphyrius and other contemporary charioteers, now lost, and reconstructs their careers, their fame and their material rewards. He also discusses the changing fortunes of the hippodrome under various successive Emperors, the vexed issue of faction violence, and the important way in which the victorious charioteer was seen as a reflection of the victorious Emperor.
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$25
92236
Cargill, Jack
The Second Athenian League Empire or Free Alliance?
University of California Press, Berkeley CA, 1981.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine-titles; 215pp., with a monochrome frontispiece. Mild wear. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. The Second Athenian League has traditionally been viewed as an organization with idealistic beginnings that were quickly forgotten, as the 'second empire' came to exhibit most of the abuses of the first. According to this hypothesis, Athens had learned nothing from the collapse of its fifth century Empire, and the Greek defeat by the Macedonians at Chaironeia in 338 BC was both inevitable and essentially beneficial to the Greeks. Cargill challenges this attitude, meticulously re-examining literary and epigraphical evidence on the Second Athenian League in an attempt to reach a responsible interpretation of the fundamental nature of this large multi-lateral alliance. At the centre of his study are a new text and translation of the most important of the sources, the stele of the Decree of Aristoteles of 377B.C.
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$75
216165
Castleden, Rodney
Mycenaeans
Routledge, Abingdon, 2005.
Octavo paperback; 282pp., b&w illustrations. Minimal wear. Fine. Following on his earlier book on the Minoans, this major contribution to our understanding of the crucial Mycenaean period clearly and effectively brings together research and knowledge we have accumulated since the discovery of the remains of the civilization of Mycenae in the 1870s. In lively prose, informed by the latest research and using a full bibliography and over 100 illustrations, this vivid study delivers the fundamentals of the Mycenaean civilization including its culture, hierarchy, economy and religion. Castleden introduces controversial views of the Mycenaean palaces as temples, and studies their impressive sea empire and their crucial interaction with the outside Bronze Age world before discussing the causes of the end of their civilization.
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$35
216150
Cawkwell, George
The Greek Wars: The Failure of Persia
Oxford University Press, 2006.
Octavo paperback; 316pp. Minimal wear; near fine. The Greek Wars treats the whole course of Persian relations with the Greeks from the coming of Cyrus in the 540s down to Alexander the Great's defeat of Darius III in 331 BC. Cawkwell discusses from a Persian perspective major questions such as why Xerxes' invasion of Greece failed, and how important a part the Great King played in Greek affairs in the fourth century. Cawkwell's views are at many points original: in particular, his explanation of how and why the Persian invasion of Greece failed challenges the prevailing orthodoxy, as does his view of the importance of Persia in Greek affairs for the two decades after the King's Peace. Persia, he concludes, was destroyed by Macedonian military might but moral decline had no part in it; the Macedonians who had subjected Greece were too good an army, but their victory was not easy.
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$40
77972
Dando-Collins, Stephen
The Great Fire of Rome The Fall of the Emperor Nero and his City
Da Capo Press/Perseus Books Group, London, 2010.
Octavo; hardcover; 263pp. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. "Australian-born historian Dando-Collins vividly recreates one of history's most famous events. On a warm summer night in 64 C.E., a small fire broke out in a Roman shop; fanned by winds, the fire spread quickly, destroying huge parts of the city. The emperor, Nero, an accomplished lyre player and singer, was in Antium for a singing competition, and when news of the fire reached him, he reluctantly set sail for home. Nero announced an ambitious rebuilding plan, with bounties for landowners who completed reconstruction of buildings on their land in a prescribed period. Nero also planned for wider streets, which made him unpopular with many. Seeking to assign blame for the fire, Nero settled on the priests of Isis, persecuting them at public festivals. This drew the ire of Nero's critics, who believed the emperor himself had set the fire. Nero spent the last four years of his life in seclusion. Drawing heavily upon the conflicting accounts of the fire and Nero's rise and demise in the works of Roman historians Tacitus, Suetonius, and Cassius Dio, historian Dando-Collins energetically recreates the days leading up to the fire, the conflagration itself, and the subsequent decline of Nero's fortunes." - Publishers Weekly.
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$23
203854
DeSantis, Marc G.
Rome Seizes the Trident The Defeat of Carthaginian Seapower & the Forging of the Roman Empire
Pen & Sword, Barnsley Suffolk UK, 2016.
Hardcover, octavo; black boards with silver gilt spine titling; 253pp., monochrome maps and illustrations. Dustwrapper. New. Remainder. Seapower played a greater part in ancient empire building than is often appreciated. The Punic Wars, especially the first, were characterized by massive naval battles. The Romans did not even possess a navy of their own when war broke out between them and the Carthaginians in Sicily in 264 B.C. Prior to that, the Romans had relied upon several South Italian Greek cities to provide ships in the same way as its other allies provided soldiers to serve with the legions. The Romans were nevertheless determined to acquire a navy that could challenge that of Carthage. They used a captured galley as a model, reverse engineered it, and constructed hundreds of copies. The Romans used this new navy to wrench maritime superiority from the Carthaginians, most notably at the Battle of Ecnomus where they prevailed through the use of novel tactics. Although not decisive on its own, Rome's new found naval power was, as Marc De Santis shows, a vital component in their ultimate victory in each of the three Punic Wars.
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$26
98858
Dunbabin, T.J.
The Western Greeks The History of Sicily and South Italy from the Foundation of the Greek Colonies to 480 B.C.
Oxford at the Clarendon Press, London, 1968.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 504pp. with a frontispiece map and other maps. Mild wear; text block edges mildly spotted. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed; spine panel lightly sunned; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$80
96425
[Gaius Valerius Catullus] Dunn, Daisy
Catullus' Bedspread The Life of Rome's Most Erotic Poet
William Collins/HarperCollins Publishers, London, 2016.
Octavo; hardcover; 312pp., with maps and diagrams, 8pp. of colour plates and many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Dustwrapper. Near fine. "The subtitle of Daisy Dunn's first book - 'the life of Rome's most erotic poet' - may prove something of a letdown for the dirty mac brigade. Aficionados of lively, finely crafted biography, however, are well served. Dunn acknowledges that independent evidence of Catullus's life in the last century BC is all but nonexistent, leaving the poetry - assumed to be autobiographical - as the chief source of illumination. She skilfully avoids the pitfalls of obscurity or glibness, and the central thread of Catullus's great love for the married Clodia Metelli, the 'Lesbia' of his poems, is both haunting and fascinating. Weaving well-researched social history with a compelling account of political machinations in Rome, the picture here is not just of a libertine prone to writing of his obscene desires, but a soulful man at the heart of a remarkable age." - Alexander Larmand
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$23
82147
Georgopoulou, Maria, et al. (eds.)
Following Pausanias The Quest for Greek Antiquity
The Oak Knoll Press/Kotinos Editions SA, New Castle DE, 2007.
Quarto; hardcover, with decorated boards; 253pp., with many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Some mild bumping to the corners, edges and spine extremities. No dustwrapper as issued. Very good. A study of Pausanias's ten-book travelogue "Hellados Periegesis", which describes Greece as he experienced it in the Second Century. This multi-faceted academic analysis, sponsored by the National Hellenic Research Foundation and the American School of Classical Studies, considers the significant and long-term impact of this ancient source through its various translations and later editions. Twelve contributors focus on the political and cultural conditions that nurtured Pausanias's work, investigate his influence on the 'revival' of Ancient Greece in the early modern era and examine how modern historians, archaeologists and art historians regard and evaluate Pausanias's work. Konstantinos Staikos, author of the History of the Library in Western Civilization series, provides an interesting chapter on the first printed edition of "Periegesis", produced by Aldus Manutius in Venice in 1516. The volume is beautifully produced and illustrated, with colour or black-and-white images on almost every page. The work concludes with a useful bibliography and index.
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$65
97294
Goldsworthy, Adrian
Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 2016.
Octavo hardcover; black boards with gilt spine titling; 513pp., colour and monochrome plates. Mildly toned text block edges with small mark on side edges; mild rubbing to dustwrapper. Very good to near fine. Pax Romana examines how the Romans came to control so much of the world and asks whether traditionally favourable images of the Roman peace are true. Goldsworthy vividly recounts the rebellions of the conquered, examining why they broke out, why most failed, and how they became exceedingly rare. He reveals that hostility was just one reaction to the arrival of Rome and that from the outset, conquered peoples collaborated, formed alliances, and joined invaders, causing resistance movements to fade away.
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$30
73588
Goodman, Martin
Rome & Jerusalem The Clash of Ancient Civilizations
Allen Lane/Penguin Books Ltd., London, 2007.
Octavo; hardcover; blue boards with gilt spine-titling and navy endpapers; 638pp. [i-xiv,] with maps and genealogical charts and 16pp. of monochrome photographic plates. Minimal wear; fine in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. In 66 BCE the Roman Empire was generally tolerant of the nation of Judaea and her peoples; by 70 BCE, Rome's attitude had suffered a complete about-face, and three legions marched upon Jerusalem to begin sixty years of grim warfare, the final result of which was to expunge the Jewish nation and re-create it in Roman style under the new name "Aelia Capitolina", a territory into which the Jews were forbidden entry. In penning this history of the earliest days of the relations between Judaea and Rome, Martin Goodman unearths the roots of anti-semitism at its earliest manifestation: why did Rome's attitude change so dramatically? What caused almost genocidal and certainly racist policies to spring into place almost overnight? And what good did it serve Rome to steer this course? Goodman's insightful narrative of this turbulent period of history reveals all...
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$30
216201
Grant, Michael
The Rise of the Greeks
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1988.
First US edition. Octavo; hardcover; quarter bound blue boards with gray cloth spine and gilt spine-titling; 391pp., with 13 maps and 16pp. of black & white photographic plates. Small bump on lower board edges, some rubbing; very lightly toned text block edges. Minor wear otherwise very good to near fine in like dustwrapper with slight wear to edges, now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. When most people think of the Ancient Greeks they think of the Golden Age of Greece's Fifth Century. Masterful Hellenophile Michael Grant teaches us in this volume that earlier periods in Greek history - in fact even the earliest period, from 1000 to 495 BC - had as much to offer in terms of creativity and dynamism as the later eras. Grant takes us on a tour to the far-flung city-states that covered a wider area than afterwards, from Italy to Russia to Asia Minor, who nevertheless proudly declared their Hellenistic nationhood; he details the trends in pottery and its major artistic shockwaves; he notes the rise of the Phoenician alphabet as a tool for trade and communication and which led directly to the writing of Homer's great sagas. In short, he instructs us that 'early' does not equate with 'uninteresting' as far as ancient Greek culture is concerned.
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$25
204562
Green, Peter
Alexander to Actium The Historical Evolution of the Hellenistic Age
University of California Press, Berkeley CA, 1990.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 970pp., with monochrome maps and illustrations. Mild wear; some mild scattered spotting to early pages; toned and faintly spotted text block edges. Dustwrapper spine panel slightly sunned; mild edgewear with small chip on head of spine; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. The Hellenistic Age, the three extraordinary centuries from the death of Alexander in 323 B. C. to Octavian's final defeat of Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium, has offered a rich and variegated field of exploration for historians, philosophers, economists, and literary critics. Yet few scholars have attempted the daunting task of seeing the period whole, of refracting its achievements and reception through the lens of a single critical mind. Alexander to Actium was conceived and written to fill that gap. In this monumental work, Peter Green - noted scholar, writer, and critic - breaks with the traditional practice of dividing the Hellenistic world into discrete, repetitious studies of Seleucids, Ptolemies, Antigonids, and Attalids. He instead treats these successor kingdoms as a single, evolving, interrelated continuum. The result clarifies the political picture as never before. With the help of over 200 illustrations, Green surveys every significant aspect of Hellenistic cultural development, from mathematics to medicine, from philosophy to religion, from literature to the visual arts.
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$100
207676
Green, Peter
The Greco-Persian Wars
University of California Press, Berkeley, 1998.
Octavo paperback; 344pp., b&w maps and illustrations. Minor wear only; slight wear to edges and corners; spine slightly faded. Otherwise very good to near fine. The long and bitter struggle between the great Persian Empire and the fledgling Greek states reached its high point with the extraordinary Greek victory at Salamis in 480 B.C. The astonishing sea battle banished forever the spectre of Persian invasion and occupation. Peter Green brilliantly retells this historic moment, evoking the whole dramatic sweep of events that the Persian offensive set in motion. The massive Greek victory, despite the Greeks' inferior numbers, opened the way for the historic evolution of the Greek states in a climate of creativity, independence, and democracy, one that provided a model and an inspiration for centuries to come. Green's accounts of both Persian and Greek strategies are clear and persuasive; equally convincing are his everyday details regarding the lives of soldiers, statesmen, and ordinary citizens. He has first-hand knowledge of the land and sea he describes, as well as full command of original sources and modern scholarship.
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$30
7461
Hampe, Roland, and Erica Simon (Foreword by John Boardman)
The Birth of Greek Art From the Mycenaean to the Archaic Period
Thames & Hudson Ltd., London, 1981.
Hardcover quarto, 316pp., 60 colour and 444 monochrome illustrations. Light spotting to text block edges, a couple of very small marks; boards very good; dustwrapper lightly worn with some minor scorings. Very good. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). How far back can we trace the origins of Greek Art? Is it confined to the fortunes of great City States such as Athens and Corinth, or are flickerings of its glory to be seen in earlier cultures? And, if so, who were these precursors, and what do we know of them? This brilliant and scholarly book demonstrates how the roots of Greek Art reach back long before its generally accepted beginnings in 1000 BC, when, as scholars have previously held, it was the product of a gradual renaissance following the destruction of the Bronze Age civilizations. The authors argue, on the basis of works of art richly illustrated and fully analysed here, that the origins of Greek Art do not lie in the so-called Dark Ages, but that they should be sought in the Golden Age of Mycenae 600 years earlier. This fascinating society was once believed to have totally succumbed to waves of destruction before the Dark Ages in about 1000 BC, but it can now be seen to have survived in Greek myths and artistic conventions right through to the high period of Classical Art. This confirms the discovery, made through the decipherment of Linear B, that the Mycenaeans spoke an early form of Greek and were thus the direct cultural precursors of Classical Greek civilization. The novel approach taken by the authors concentrates on this astonishing continuity of Greek Art. By examining the objects class by class - architecture, metalwork, pottery, engraved gems, jewellery, sculpture, ivory, stone vessels, weapons - they are able to show how certain techniques and materials have survived throughout the centuries, and how some were lost for ever. Their superb blend of scholarship and of rich and wide-ranging illustration offers the reader a unique opportunity to understand the complex and potent strands of tradition that culminate in the splendours of Ancient Greece.
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$100
207717
Hodkinson, Stephen, & Anton Powell
Sparta New Perspectives
Gerald Duckworth Ltd., London, 1999.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 427pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Moderate wear; a few small marginal pencil marks. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine.
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$75
207715
Hutchinson, Godfrey
Sparta Unfit for Empire 404-362 BC
Pen & Sword, Barnsley UK, 2014.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 296pp., with monochrome plates. Minor wear. Mild rubbing to and edgewear to dustwrapper; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. The end of the Peloponnesian War saw Sparta emerge as the dominant power in the Greek world. Had she used this position wisely her hegemony might have been secure. As it was, she embarked on actions that her former allies, Thebes and Korinth, refused to support. The rise of Thebes as a threatening power to Sparta's control of Greece was largely the result of the brilliant exploits of Epaminondas and Pelopidas whose obvious examination of Spartan tactics allowed them to provide counters to them. While noting the political issues, Godfrey Hutchinson's focus is upon the strategic and tactical elements of warfare in a period almost wholly coinciding with the reign of the brilliant commander, Agesilaos, one of the joint kings of Sparta, who, astonishingly, campaigned successfully into his eighties.
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$30
202109
Jenkins, Ian (Kate Morton, illus.)
Greek Architecture and its Sculpture
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2006.
Quarto hardcover; black boards with silver gilt spine titling; 271pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild rubbing to dustwrapper with slight wear to edges. Near fine and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$35
92160
Jones, A.H.M.
Athenian Democracy
Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1966.
Reprint. Hardcover, octavo; red cloth boards with gilt spine titling; 198pp., Notes, Appendix and Index of Passages Cited. Minor wear; faint spotting to upper text block edges. White illustrated dustwrapper, rubbed especially along spine, with a few faint blue marks on edges; a few scattered spots and chipping to edges. Very good with wrapper now protected in archival film and white paper backing.
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$30
205933
Jones, A.H.M.
The Greek City From Alexander to Justinian
Oxford at the Clarendon Press, Oxford UK, 1966.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 393pp. Mild wear; tape marks on endpapers and preliminaries; mildly toned and faintly spotted text block edges. Rubbed dustwrapper with some scraping along the fore-edges; chipping at spine panel extremities; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$75
202471
Keppie, Lawrence
The Making of the Roman Army From Republic to Empire
Routledge, London, 1984.
Octavo; paperback; 272pp., with maps and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; covers lightly rubbed and edgeworn. Very good. "The Making of the Roman Army" explores how a small citizen militia guarding a village on the banks of the Tiber evolved into the professional Roman army. Lawrence Keppie pays particular attention to the transitional period between Republic and Empire - the time of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, and Augustus. Keppie overcomes the traditional dichotomy between a historical view of the Republic and an archaeological approach to the Empire by making the most of the often overlooked archaeological evidence from the earlier years.
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$30
214067
Levi, Peter
Virgil - signed by the author His Life and Times
Gerald Duckworth Ltd., London, 1998.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 248pp. Minor wear; text block edges mildly spotted; inscription by the author in ink to the owner. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine
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$35
201936
Nicolson, Adam
Why Homer Matters
Henry Holt, New York NY, 2014.
Octavo; hardcover; 297pp., with 8pp. of full-colour plates. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. "Like Adam Nicolson, I had read it in Greek when young, teasing out the sense like 'picking bones from fish', a lovely image that the author of the Odyssey - but not the Iliad - might have used. I'd never got the sweep and the scale, though: the way the Iliad carries you through death and death and death, thousands of lines of horror and human pity, and then turns on the colour, the special effects, the all-day permanent red (to steal a phrase from Christopher Logue) when Achilles, that tender-hearted, grim-hearted killing machine, embarks on his grief-fuelled rampage. I think I needed Homer to be relieved of the dictionary, to be remade as a story told aloud by the light of a flickering flame. Nicolson's epiphany came as he sailed his boat up the west coast of Ireland - a latter-day Odysseus battling the ferocious and unharvestable sea. There is a literal recognition here: Odysseus, that most salt-caked of ancient heroes, is surely a companion to anyone who has felt the exhilarating terrors of steering a boat under sail at night. But there is also a metaphorical recognition: he begins to see the Odyssey as a poem about the journey through the uncharted waters of one's life. It became a kind of scripture to him: 'as the Odyssey knows, to live well in the world - you must stay with your ship, stay tied to the present, remain mobile, keep adjusting the rig, work with the swells, watch for a wind-shift, watch as the boom swings over, engage, in other words, with the muddle and duplicity and difficulty of life.' Nicolson had had a Keatsian moment of revelation that the Odyssey was telling him 'the unaffected truth - speaking about fate and the human condition in ways that other people only seem to approach obliquely'. I agree. When I listen to Radio 4 and think about my own Desert Island book, it's obvious to me that, along with Shakespeare and the Bible, it would be Homer, because all that is human is in the lines of these poems. Plus, the Odyssey contains detailed instructions on how to construct an escape raft. Nicolson has written a beautiful study: full of insight, generosity and unaffected passion. The writing is exhilarating. This is a book about what Homer means to him and, in some profound way, about what life means to him. There is a wonderful sense of a community of readers of Homer handing on their insights through two millennia - of the dead talking to the living, of the taking up of a conversation that has never quieted. Nicolson has a theory about Homer: he does not believe that the poems are purely the product of the eighth century BC, when they were almost certainly first written down. He argues that the epics derive from the historical moment when the beginnings of Greek culture emerge from the fusion of the 'hero-based culture of the Eurasian steppes' and the 'sophisticated, authoritarian and literate cities and palaces of the eastern Mediterranean'. The epics as we have them are derived, via a long oral tradition, from the cultures of perhaps 2000BC, he believes. Personally (and perhaps this is a matter of individual temperament), I am less interested in his attempt to trace the poems in time and place than his ability to inhabit their spaces imaginatively. I suspect Nicolson, if pinned down, would admit to preferring the Odyssey to the Iliad - he compares the viciousness of the Iliad's characters to the rhetoric of modern urban gangs, in which the gratifications of sex and violence intermingle troublingly. He enjoys, however, the resourcefulness and intelligence of his favourite character: Odysseus the polymetis, (the many-skilled), the polymechanos (the ingenious) and the poikilometis (the dappled-skilled). Nicolson's reading is preoccupied by a pleasure in, and anxieties about, masculinity. His Odysseus is "manly" (a word he actually uses to describe Homer's wide landscapes). This manliness is about being capable, a survivor who moves restlessly through the world, evading or embracing the 'terror-allure' of women; troublingly, however, it is also about enacting appalling violence. Reading Nicolson made me think of the unconscious and entirely automatic mental acrobatics women readers perform when reading these heroic texts. Still, as Sappho showed as early as the sixth century BC, in her important poetic reworkings of Homer, the epics are there to be read and reimagined by us all, man and woman. As Nicolson writes, "Homerity is humanity". - Charlotte Higgins
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202521
Ober, Josiah
Mass and Elite in Democratic Athens Rhetoric, Ideology and the Power of the People
Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ, 1989.
Octavo; paperback; 390pp., with a monochrome frontispiece. Minor wear; previous owner's name in ink to the first page; spine sunned. Else very good. This book asks an important question often ignored by ancient historians and political scientists alike: Why did Athenian democracy work as well and for as long as it did? Josiah Ober seeks the answer by analyzing the sociology of Athenian politics and the nature of communication between elite and non-elite citizens. After a preliminary survey of the development of the Athenian 'constitution,' he focuses on the role of political and legal rhetoric. As jurymen and Assemblymen, the citizen masses of Athens retained important powers, and elite Athenian politicians and litigants needed to address these large bodies of ordinary citizens in terms understandable and acceptable to the audience. This book probes the social strategies behind the rhetorical tactics employed by elite speakers. A close reading of the speeches exposes both egalitarian and elitist elements in Athenian popular ideology. Ober demonstrates that the vocabulary of public speech constituted a democratic discourse that allowed the Athenians to resolve contradictions between the ideal of political equality and the reality of social inequality. His radical reevaluation of leadership and political power in classical Athens restores key elements of the social and ideological context of the first western democracy.
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$35
216198
Ober, Josiah
The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece
Princeton University Press, 2015.
Octavo hardcover; black boards with copper gilt spine titling; 416pp., b&w diagrams and maps. Minor wear only. Near fine in very slightly rubbed dustwrapper, now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Lord Byron described Greece as great, fallen, and immortal, a characterization more apt than he knew. Through most of its long history, Greece was poor. But in the classical era, Greece was densely populated and highly urbanized. Many surprisingly healthy Greeks lived in remarkably big houses and worked for high wages at specialized occupations. Middle-class spending drove sustained economic growth and classical wealth produced a stunning cultural efflorescence lasting hundreds of years. Why did Greece reach such heights in the classical period - and why only then? And how, after 'the Greek miracle' had endured for centuries, did the Macedonians defeat the Greeks, seemingly bringing an end to their glory? Drawing on a massive body of newly available data and employing novel approaches to evidence, Josiah Ober offers a history of classical Greece and an unprecedented account of its rise and fall. Ober argues that Greece's rise was no miracle but rather the result of political breakthroughs and economic development. The extraordinary emergence of citizen-centered city-states transformed Greece into a society that defeated the mighty Persian Empire. Yet Philip and Alexander of Macedon were able to beat the Greeks in the Battle of Chaeronea in 338 BCE, a victory made possible by the Macedonians' appropriation of Greek innovations. After Alexander's death, battle-hardened warlords fought ruthlessly over the remnants of his empire. But Greek cities remained populous and wealthy, their economy and culture surviving to be passed on to the Romans - and to us.
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$35
216147
Osborne, Robin
Greece in the Making 1200-479 BC
Routledge, London, 2010.
Octavo paperback; 377pp., b&w illustrations and maps. Very minor wear only. Near fine. Barring a small number of archaic poems and inscriptions, the majority of our literary evidence for archaic Greece reported only what later writers wanted to tell, and so was subject to systematic selection and distortion. This book offers a narrative which acknowledges the later traditions, as traditions, but insists that we must primarily confront the contemporary evidence, which is in large part archaeological and art historical, and must make sense of it in its own terms.
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$40
207723
Powell, Anton & Stephen Hodkinson (eds.)
The Shadow of Sparta
Routledge, London, 1994.
Octavo hardcover; blue boards with silver gilt spine titling; 408pp. Minor wear; a few faint spots and marks on text block edges. Near fine. No dustwrapper. In the past twenty years the study of Sparta has come of age. Images prevalent earlier in the 20th century, of Spartans as hearty good fellows or scarlet-cloaked automata, have been superseded by more complex scholarly reactions. As interest has grown in the self-images projected by this most secretive of Greek cities, increasing attention has focused on how individual Greek writers from other states reacted to information, or disinformation about Sparta. The studies in this volume provide new insights into the traditional historians' question, 'What actually happened at Sparta?'. But the implications of the work go far beyond Laconia. They concern preoccupations of some of the most studied of Greek writers, and help towards an understanding of how Athenians defined the achievement, or the failure, of their own city.
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$120
206054
Prevas, John
Hannibal's Oath The Life and Wars of Rome's Greatest Enemy
Da Capo Press/Perseus Books/Hachette US Inc., Philadelphia PA, 2017.
Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in papered boards with gilt spine titles; 248pp., with a map and 16pp. of monochrome plates. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. According to ancient sources, Hannibal was only nine years old when his father dipped the small boy's hand in blood and made him swear eternal hatred of Rome. Whether the story is true or not, it is just one of hundreds of legends that have appeared over the centuries about this enigmatic military genius who challenged Rome for mastery of the ancient world. In this new biography, historian John Prevas reveals the truth behind the myths of Hannibal's life, wars, and character- from his childhood in Carthage to his training in military camps in Spain, crossing of the Alps, spectacular victories in Italy, humiliating defeat in the North African desert, banishment from Carthage, and suicide. Hannibal's Oath is an epic account of a monumental figure in history.
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$24
202513
Raven, Susan
Rome in Africa - Third Edition
Routledge, London, 1998.
Reprint: octavo; paperback; 254pp., with maps and many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear. Near fine. Susan Raven recounts the story of this magnificent empire in North Africa, drawing on a wide variety of literary and archaeological evidence in addition to her own experience of the region, and revivifies the ghosts of the crumbling remains. Attractively and comprehensively illustrated, this book will prove invaluable to students of the Roman provinces and Roman history in general.
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$40
89589
Rehm, Rush
Marriage to Death: The Conflation of Wedding and Funeral Rituals in Greek Tragedy
Princeton University Press, 1994.
Paperback, octavo; 246pp., monochrome illustrations. Owner's names. Minor wear; spotting to upper text block edges and mild wear to cover edges. Very good to near fine. The link between weddings and death - as found in dramas ranging from Romeo and Juliet to Lorca's Blood Wedding - plays a central role in the action of many Greek tragedies. Female characters such as Kassandra, Antigone, and Helen enact and refer to significant parts of wedding and funeral rites, but often in a twisted fashion. Over time the pressure of dramatic events causes the distinctions between weddings and funerals to disappear. In this book, Rush Rehm considers how and why the conflation of the two ceremonies comes to theatrical life in the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophokles, and Euripides. By focusing on the dramatization of important rituals conducted by women in ancient Athenian society, Rehm offers a new perspective on Greek tragedy and the challenges it posed for its audience. The conflation of weddings and funerals, the author argues, unleashes a kind of dramatic alchemy whereby female characters become the bearers of new possibilities. Such as formulation enables the tragedians to explore the limitations of traditional thinking and acting in fifth-century Athens. Rehm finds that when tragic weddings and funerals become confused and perverted, the aftershocks disturb the political and ideological givens of Athenian society, challenging the audience to consider new, and often radically different, directions for their city.
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216152
Schultz, Celia E., Allen M. Ward, F. M. Heichelheim, & C.A Yeo
A History of the Roman People: seventh edition
Routledge, New York, 2014.
Royal octavo paperback; 755pp., b&w illustrations. Mild wear; slight rubbing to covers with tiny scrapes on lower and upper spine panel. Very good to near fine otherwise. This volume takes readers through the mists of Roman prehistory and a survey of the peoples of pre-Roman Italy to a balanced, thoughtful account of the complexities of the Roman Republic, its evolution into a full-fledged empire, and its ultimate decline.
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$75
203819
Stephenson, Paul
Constantine Roman Emperor, Christian Victor
Overlook Press, New York NY, 2010.
Octavo hardcover; 258pp., colour & monochrome plates. Dustwrapper. New. Remainder. A fascinating survey of the life and enduring legacy of perhaps the greatest and most unjustly ignored of the Roman emperors - written by a richly gifted historian. In 312 A.D., Constantine - one of four Roman emperors ruling a divided empire - marched on Rome to establish his control. On the eve of the battle, a cross appeared to him in the sky with an exhortation, "By this sign conquer." Inscribing the cross on the shields of his soldiers, Constantine drove his rivals into the Tiber and claimed the imperial capital for himself. Under Constantine, Christianity emerged from the shadows, its adherents no longer persecuted. Constantine united the western and eastern halves of the Roman Empire. He founded a new capital city, Constantinople. Thereafter the Christian Roman Empire endured in the East, while Rome itself fell to the barbarian hordes. Paul Stephenson offers a nuanced and deeply satisfying account of a man whose cultural and spiritual renewal of the Roman Empire gave birth to the idea of a unified Christian Europe underpinned by a commitment to religious tolerance.
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$25
7447
Walters, H.B.
The Art of the Greeks
Methuen, 1934.
Hardcover, large octavo, xvi + 284pp, 112 monochrome plates. Foxed preliminaries, spotted text block edges; shelf wear to board edges, corners bumped, spine sunned; dustwrapper sunned, discoloured, but clean and intact. Very good in like dustwrapper. Professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Third edition, revised.
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$70
9226
Warner, Rex (Martin Hurlimann, illus.)
Eternal Greece
Thames & Hudson Ltd., London, 1956.
Third impression: quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titling and upper board decoration; 168pp., with a colour frontispiece and many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; spine panel extremities and board edges lightly rubbed; foxed endpapers and preliminaries; previous owner's ink inscription; mildly spotted text block edges. Illustrated dustwrapper with two small missing segments on rear panel and tiny losses at spine panel extremities and corners; well-rubbed, browning to spine panel and some scraping along edges and fore-edges; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$30
99521
Waterfield, Robin
Taken at the Flood The Roman Conquest of Greece
Oxford University Press, 2014.
Octavo; hardcover, 287pp., monochrome illustrations. Dustwrapper. New, remainder. "In general, there are several go-to topics in Roman history that invariably prove the most popular, regardless of audience or historical moment: Rome's efficient politics, charismatic leaders, inexorable decline, and a smattering of made-for-TV battles are too good to resist. The relatively slow, borderline obscure, subjugation of the Macedonian Empire decades before the birth of Julius Caesar, however, hardly stirs the popular imagination. Yet, as independent scholar and translator Waterfield cogently and convincingly argues, perhaps no other action was more important in allowing Rome to become Rome (it's the famous defeat of Hannibal that usually gets the nod). But when Macedon finally fell, the bustling Mediterranean world was Rome's for the taking. Waterfield makes Roman imperialism central to his narrative, demonstrating again and again how exceptionally aggressive Rome was for its age, the subtle execution its policies notwithstanding. On top of producing a traditional academic history, Waterfield has composed a stimulating and provocative meditation on imperialism itself, both in antiquity and in our own society." - Publishers Weekly
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80017
Waterfield, Robin
Why Socrates Died Dispelling the Myths
W.W. Norton & Co., New York, NY, USA, 2009.
Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in papered boards with gilt spine-titling; 253pp., with maps and 4pp. of monochrome plates. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. Socrates is portrayed to us as a passionate idealist who, in the face of trumped-up charges levelled at him by a corrupt city-state, drank hemlock from the poisoned chalice to preserve his philosophic rigour. But this is an iconic tale passed almost into legend and, as time has shown, such material cannot wholly be said to portray the truth. In this re-examination of the circumstances surrounding Socrates' trial and execution, Robin Waterfield unearths a political situation and its essential players which when studied from an unemotionally-loaded perspective, paints Socrates in a somewhat less-than-perfect, and somewhat more culpable, light. Was he an atheist and the guru of a weird sect? Was he a bastion of Athenian intellectualism brought low by jealous rivals? The author presents the evidence...
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$23
93692
Wilson, Emily
The Greatest Empire A Life of Seneca
Oxford University Press, New York NY, 2014.
Octavo; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine titles; 253pp. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. "A fresh, perceptive, and in-depth look at the enigmatic Seneca, giving us a nuanced perspective into the conflicted mind and motives of the philosopher who embraced lofty Stoic ideals while serving Nero and amassing great wealth in the process." - Margaret George. "This is a riveting and complete picture of Seneca's complex and compromised life. It is impeccably researched, carefully structured, and written with admirable brio. For good or ill, ours is a Senecan age." - Simon Critchley.
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$25
216221
Worthington, Ian
Demosthenes of Athens and the Fall of Classical Greece
Oxford University Press, 2013.
Octavo hardcover; cream boards with red gilt spine titling; 382pp., b&w illustrations and maps. Minor wear; rubbing to board edges and corners; small chip on dustwrapper head of spine; wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. Regarded as ancient Greece's greatest orator, Demosthenes lived through and helped shape one of the most eventful epochs in antiquity. His political career spanned three decades, during which time Greece fell victim to Macedonian control, first under Philip II and then Alexander the Great. Demosthenes' resolute and courageous defiance of Philip earned for him a reputation as one of history's outstanding patriots. He also enjoyed a brilliant and lucrative career as a speechwriter, and his rhetorical skills are still emulated today by students and politicians alike. Yet he was a sickly child with an embarrassing speech impediment, who was swindled out of much of his family's estate by unscrupulous guardians after the death of his father. His story is one of triumph over adversity. Modern studies of his life and career take one of two different approaches: he is either lauded as Greece's greatest patriot or condemned as an opportunist who misjudged situations and contributed directly to the end of Greek freedom. This biography, the first ever written in English for a popular audience, aims to determine which of these two people he was: self-serving cynic or patriot - or even a combination of both.
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