Within the space of three centuries, up to the great Persian invasion of 480BC, Greece was transformed from a simple peasant society into a sophisticated civilization which dominated the shores of the Mediterranean from Spain to Syria and from the Crimea to Egypt - a culture whose achievements in the fields of art, science, philosophy and politics were to establish the canons of the Western world. The author of this book places this development in the context of Mediterranean civilization, providing an account of the transformation that launched Western culture.
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This book cannot fail to be challenging, and not only to the general reader...[The era covered in this study] was perhaps the most important in Greek history and indeed one of the most significant in all history. Murray...has done it full justice. -- Paul Cartledge Times Literary Supplement Oswyn Murray's Early Greece is a volume which has the dual purpose of providing an up-to-date account of major periods and of presenting the methodology employed by scholars of each particular age. Murray has fulfilled both tasks admirably...[He] sets the story of Greece in a broad perspective geographically and intellectually. -- C. G. Thomas American Historical Review Together these five compact volumes [Early Greece by Oswyn Murray, Democracy and Classical Greece by J. K. Davies, The Hellenistic World by F. W. Walbank, The Roman Republic by Michael Crawford, The Later Roman Empire by Averil Cameron, all available from Harvard] cover much of the history of the classical world, and do so with both ease and authority...For this new series they have been revised or otherwise brought up to date. -- Washington Post Book WorldAbout the Author:
Oswyn Murray is a Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at Balliol College, Oxford and the editor of the ‘Fontana History of the Ancient World’ series. He is the author of ‘Early Greece’ in that series.
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Book Description Fontana Press, 1980. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 6333486