A History of the Classical Greek World: 478 - 323 BC by P. J. Rhodes

By P. J. Rhodes

Completely up-to-date and revised, the second one variation of this profitable and generally praised textbook deals an account of the ‘classical’ interval of Greek historical past, from the aftermath of the Persian Wars in 478 BC to the demise of Alexander the good in 323 BC.

  • Two very important new chapters were further, masking lifestyles and tradition within the classical Greek world
  • Features new pedagogical instruments, together with textboxes, and a complete chronological desk of the West, mainland Greece, and the Aegean
  • Enlarged and extra maps and illustrative material
  • Covers the background of a major interval, together with: the flourishing of democracy in Athens; the Peloponnesian struggle, and the conquests of Alexander the Great
  • Focuses at the proof for the interval, and the way the proof is to be interpreted

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470 (Just. Epit. IX. 1. iii: cf. p. 27). Just before and overlapping with the siege of Thasos, there was fighting involving Cimon against Persians and Thracians in the Chersonese, the tongue of land on the European side of the Hellespont (Plut. Cim. 14. i, cf. the casualty list IG i3 1144). Thucydides has written a selective account to illustrate the growth of Athenian power: he does not include the last episode mentioned above, and there may well have been many other episodes which he does not include and which we do not know of.

Thucydides writes that a proschema (‘pretext’, which might imply a contrast either between professed and real intentions or between original intention and later development) was to get revenge for what they had suffered by ravaging the King’s land (I. 96. i, cf. VI. 76. iii). Not all the allies had had their own land ravaged, as the Athenians had, and few scholars have felt able to believe that the purpose of this permanent alliance was simply raiding to obtain revenge. Thucydides elsewhere has speakers referring to the liberation of the Greeks (III.

Elis may already at this time have dominated as perioikoi (subordinate ‘dwellers around’) some communities to the east, and some near Olympia: in the middle of the fifth century it extended its influence over the whole of the later Triphylia (Hdt. IV. 148. iv: cf. pp. 98–9, 125–7, 198, 205). Mantinea could be referred to as a polis at the time of the Persian Wars, and indeed in the mid sixth century (Hdt. IV. 161. ii), and it is said by Strabo (cited above) to have been synoecised by the Argives: it was to be split into its component villages by Sparta in 385, and reunited in 370 when Sparta was no longer strong enough to prevent it (cf.

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