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Historical Context: Greece
Greek Mythology: A Traveler's Guide from Mount Olympus to Troy by David Stuttard; Lis Watkins
Publication Date: 2016
The Greek myths have a universal appeal, beyond the time and physical place in which they were created. But many are firmly rooted in specific landscapes: the city of Thebes and mountain range Cithaeron dominate the tale of Oedipus; the city of Mycenae broods over the fates of Agamemnon and Electra; while Knossos boasts the scene of Theseus' slaying of the Minotaur. Drawing on a wide range of classical sources, newly translated by the author, and illustrated with specially commissioned drawings, this book is both a useful read for those visiting the sites and a fascinating imaginative journey for the armchair traveller.
Travelling Heroes: Greeks and Their Myths in the Epic Age of Homer by Robin Lane Fox
Publication Date: 2009
Contents: Part One -- Hera's flight -- Hera's flight -- From China to Cadiz -- Travelling heroes -- Part Two -- East and West -- Home and away -- Travelling settlers -- Up to Unqi -- Potamoi Karon -- Beyond Ithaca -- Monkey islands -- Back on Euboea -- Part Three -- Travelling myths -- Finding Neverland -- Lost in translation -- A travelling prophet -- Travelling lovers -- A travelling mountain -- The great castrator -- Travelling monsters -- Base-camp to battlefield -- Part Four -- Just so stories -- Homeric horizons -- The view from Ascra -- Just so stories -- The dating of Homer.
The Gods of Olympus: A History by Barbara Graziosi
Publication Date: 2014
The gods of Olympus are the most colorful characters of Greek civilization: even in antiquity, they were said to be cruel, oversexed, mad, or just plain silly. Yet for all their foibles and flaws, they proved to be tough survivors, far outlasting their original worshippers. Drawing on a wide range of literary and archaeological sources,The Gods of Olympus opens a new window on the ancient world and its lasting influence.
The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy by P. E. Easterling (Editor)
Publication Date: 1997
As a creative medium, ancient Greek tragedy has had an extraordinarily wide influence: many of the surviving plays are still part of the theatrical repertoire and have had a profound effect on Western culture. This Companion is an attempt by seven distinguished scholars to present the familiar corpus in the context of modern reading, criticism, and performance of Greek tragedy.
Exile, Ostracism, and Democracy by Sara Forsdyke
Publication Date: 2009
This book explores the cultural and political significance of ostracism in democratic Athens. In contrast to previous interpretations, Sara Forsdyke argues that ostracism was primarily a symbolic institution whose meaning for the Athenians was determined both by past experiences of exile and by its role as a context for the ongoing negotiation of democratic values.
A History of Trust in Ancient Greece by Steven Johnstone
Publication Date: 2011
In this fresh look at antiquity, Steven Johnstone explores the way democracy and markets flourished in ancient Greece not so much through personal relationships as through trust in abstract systems including money, standardized measurement, rhetoric, and haggling. Focusing on markets and democratic politics, Johnstone draws on speeches given in Athenian courts, histories of Athenian democracy, comic writings, and laws inscribed on stone to examine how these systems worked. He analyzes their potentials and limitations and how the Greeks understood and critiqued them.
Ancient Greece by Thomas J. Sienkewicz (Editor)
Publication Date: 2007
Survey of Greek history, culture, and civilization from its earliest archaeological remains until the Battle of Actium (31 B.C.E.), when Greek civilization merged with Roman to become Greco-Roman civilization. Includes coverage of major personages, wars, political, and cultural subjects.
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