Friendship in the Classical World (Key Themes in Ancient History)

By David Konstan

This ebook is a background of friendship in Greece and Rome, from the warrior society of the Homeric epics to the time of the Christian Roman Empire. It demonstrates how old friendship resembles glossy conceptions, and the way it evolves in several social contexts. The publication sheds new gentle on such questions as friendship and democracy, the significance of associates in govt and in philosophical groups, women's friendships, and the transformation of friendship less than the impact of Christian rules of brotherhood.

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Music in Ancient Greece and Rome

Music in historical Greece and Rome offers a finished creation to the historical past of track from Homeric occasions to the Roman emperor Hadrian, provided in a concise and ordinary means. Chapters include:
* contexts during which track performed a role
* a close dialogue of instruments
* an research of scales, durations and tuning
* the significant varieties of rhythm used
* and an exploration of Greek theories of concord and acoustics.
Music in old Greece and Rome additionally includes a number of musical examples, with illustrations of old tools and the tools of enjoying them.

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Stupid Ancient History (Stupid History)

By Leland Gregory

Best-selling stand-up comedian Leland Gregory bargains a blockbuster number of greater than 2 hundred extraordinary, bizarre, foolish, surprising, and downright outrageous precise tales approximately historic Greek and Roman history.

New York Times best-selling writer Leland Gregory is one among Andrews McMeel Publishing’s so much profitable noncartoon humorists. foolish, surprising, bizarre, hilariously funny—and outrageously true—the brief anecdotes within his anthologies of human stupidity are culled from print, on-line, and broadcast media from all around the world. Inside Stupid historic History, Gregory chronicles Greek philosophers, Roman conquerors, and ancient mythconceptions, including:

 
— To struggle off Roman ships in three hundred BC, Carthaginians catapulted reside snakes at them.
— The Athenian lawmaker Draco died of suffocation while presents of cloaks have been showered upon him by means of thankful voters at an Aegina theater in 620 BC. 
— In historical Rome, lengthy sooner than the appearance of the Christian Bible, Roman males swore to “tell the reality, the entire fact, and not anything however the fact” via putting their correct hand on their testicles. It is from this ritual that we derived the time period “testimony.”
—  Of the Seven Wonders of the traditional international, The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus burned to the floor in 356 BC. The arsonist used to be performed; and to ensure his want for eternal popularity wouldn’t come real, it was once ordered that his identify be from all documents and not pointed out again. But humans will talk. Despite all efforts, his identify leaked, and Herostratus is remembered as probably the most infamous firebugs in history. 

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Alcibiades

By P J Rhodes

Alcibiades is among the most renowned (or notorious) characters of Classical Greece. a tender Athenian aristocrat, he got here to prominence throughout the Peloponnesian struggle (429-404 BC) among Sparta and Athens. Flamboyant, charismatic (and wealthy), this shut affiliate of Socrates persuaded the Athenians to try to face as much as the Spartans on land as a part of an alliance he was once instrumental in bringing jointly. even supposing this resulted in defeat on the conflict of Mantinea in 418 BC, his status remained excessive. He was once additionally a chief mover in Athens' subsequent substantial strategic gambit, the Sicilian excursion of 415 BC, for which he was once elected as one of many leaders. presently after arrival in Sicily, even though, he used to be recalled to stand fees of sacrilege allegedly dedicated in the course of his pre-expedition reveling. leaping send at the go back trip, he defected to the Spartans.

Alcibiades quickly ingratiated himself with the Spartans, encouraging them to assist the Sicilians (ultimately leading to the utter destruction of the Athenian day trip) and to maintain year-round strain at the Athenians. He then turns out to have overstepped the boundaries of hospitality by way of slumbering with the Spartan queen and was once quickly at the run back. He then performed a devious and hazardous online game of transferring loyalties among Sparta, Athens and Persia. He had a hand in engineering the overthrow of democracy at Athens in prefer of an oligarchy, which allowed him to come back from exile, even though he then adverse the increasingly-extreme excesses of that regime. For a time he appeared to have restored Athens' fortunes within the warfare, yet went into exile back after being held chargeable for the defeat of 1 of his subordinates in a naval conflict. This time he took safe haven with the Persians, yet as they have been now allied to the Spartans, the cuckolded King Agis of Sparta used to be capable of manage his assassination through Persian brokers.

There has been no complete size biography of this colourful and demanding personality for 20 years. Professor Rhodes brings the authority of an the world over well-known specialist within the box, making sure that it will be a very major addition to the literature on Classical Greece.

REVIEWS

“…this therapy of Alcibiades via P. J. Rhodes, probably the most impressive Greek historians of our time, is winning in bringing essentially the most fascinating and arguable characters to a much wider viewers in an clever demeanour that are supposed to additionally turn out precious as a lecture room textual content… with a masterful regulate of literary and epigraphic resources, he areas Alcibiades in his right context as an finally disastrous determine who used to be, besides the fact that, profoundly winning in convincing his contemporaries―and posterity as a result―of his significance. This booklet is very worthy not just to the overall reader, yet as a school room textual content for upper-level classes. I should still upload that it additionally presents a good precis of fifth-century political and armed forces heritage; the unavoidably shut insurance of the interval from 412-406 BC, that's fraught with controversy, is mainly good.”
Bryn Mawr Classical evaluation

“…quite informative…a transparent and multifaceted portrait of Alcibiades that are supposed to be informative and invaluable for newcomer and veteran reader alike. The booklet has a special educational aspect and obviously does it most sensible to attempt for medical objectivity, however it by no means is going as far as to turn into a dry read…”
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Greek Fortifications of Asia Minor 500-130 BC: From the Persian Wars to the Roman Conquest (Fortress)

Sandwiched among the guts of historical Greece and the lands of Persia, the Greek towns of Western Anatolia have been the spark that ignited probably the most iconic conflicts of the traditional international. Fought over time and again within the fifth century BC, their conquest by way of the Persians supplied a casus belli for Alexander the good to move the Hellespont in 334 BC and release the conflict of Granicus and the sieges of Miletus and Halicarnassus. a mix of Greek and Asian sorts of army structure, those fortified towns have been progressive of their multi-linear building - successive protective partitions - with loopholes and mural arches. Konstantin Nossov illustrates the evolution of Greek fortifications and the impacts of the area they bordered during this attention-grabbing research.

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Death to Tyrants!: Ancient Greek Democracy and the Struggle against Tyranny

Death to Tyrants! is the 1st entire learn of historical Greek tyrant-killing legislation--laws that explicitly gave contributors incentives to "kill a tyrant." David Teegarden demonstrates that the traditional Greeks promulgated those legislation to harness the dynamics of mass uprisings and protect renowned democratic rule within the face of anti-democratic threats. He provides certain old and sociopolitical analyses of every legislations and considers numerous matters: what's the nature of an anti-democratic hazard? How could quite a few provisions of the legislation support pro-democrats counter these threats? And did the legislation work?

Teegarden argues that tyrant-killing laws facilitated pro-democracy mobilization either through encouraging courageous contributors to strike the 1st blow opposed to a nondemocratic regime and by means of convincing others that it used to be secure to stick with the tyrant killer's lead. Such laws hence deterred anti-democrats from staging a coup by means of making sure that they might be crushed by way of their numerically improved rivals. Drawing on sleek social technology versions, Teegarden seems at how the establishment of public legislations impacts the habit of people and teams, thereby exploring the basis of democracy's endurance within the historic Greek global. He additionally presents the 1st English translation of the tyrant-killing legislation from Eretria and Ilion.

By reading an important historic Greek tyrant-killing laws, Death to Tyrants! explains how definite legislation enabled voters to attract on collective power with the intention to shield and shield their democracy within the face of encouraged opposition.

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Wandering Poets in Ancient Greek Culture: Travel, Locality and Pan-Hellenism

Even if fresh scholarship has keen on the city-state because the context for the creation of Greek poetry, for poets and performers shuttle was once extra the norm than the exception. This e-book strains this critical element of historic tradition from its roots within the close to japanese societies which preceded the Greeks, during the method within which early semi-mythical figures resembling Orpheus have been imagined, the poets who travelled to the bright courts of archaic tyrants, and on into the fluid mobility of imperial and past due old tradition. The emphasis is either on why poets travelled, and on how neighborhood groups used the abilities of those outsiders for his or her personal reasons. Wandering poets also are set in the wider context of old networks of trade, patronage and association among groups and are visible as one really robust manifestation of a characteristic of old lifestyles that's too usually ignored.

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Language, Sexuality, Narrative: The Oresteia

By Simon Goldhill

This booklet is worried with the complexity and trouble of analyzing the Oresteia. it's not a conventional observation, even though it is frequently interested by difficulties of interpretation and language, neither is it easily what's normally understood by means of a literary learn, even though it frequently discusses the broader issues of the narrative. it's a shut interpreting of the textual content targeting the constructing meanings of phrases in the structuring of the play. specifically, Simon Goldhill makes a speciality of the text's pursuits in language and its regulate, in sexuality and sexual distinction, and within the development and outline of occasions. Dr Goldhill hyperlinks a valid philological wisdom with fabric drawn commonly from sleek literary idea and anthropological stories. the result's a tough and provocative ebook, which deals for the intense scholar of Greek drama a thrilling diversity of insights into probably the most very important texts of the traditional global.

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