Ancient Greece from Homer to Alexander: The Evidence by Joseph Roisman

By Joseph Roisman

With clean, new translations and wide introductions and annotations, this sourcebook presents an inclusive and built-in view of Greek heritage, from Homer to Alexander the good.

  • New translations of unique assets are contextualized by means of insightful introductions and annotations
  • Includes a number of literary, inventive and fabric facts from the Homeric, Archaic and Classical Ages
  • Focuses on vital advancements in addition to particular issues to create an built-in viewpoint at the period
  • Links the political and social historical past of the Greeks to their highbrow accomplishments
  • Includes an up to date bibliography of seminal scholarship
  • An accompanying web site bargains extra proof and reasons, in addition to hyperlinks to priceless on-line resources

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Indd xxxix xxxix Law(s), convention(s) Leader of a new settlement; founder Household; family Shortage of men (especially in Sparta) Voting a citizen to ten-year exile Athenian festival in honor of Athena The right to speak one’s mind in a public forum “Dwellers around”: Sparta’s free subjects who provided the state with military and economic services “Tribute,” the allies’ payment to the Delian League “Brotherhood,” a social and religious association Tribe Military leader/magistrate City-state Government, constitution Obeisance performed in sanctuaries or for Persian superiors One-tenth of the Athenian year.

Answers to these questions will, it is hoped, help us to assess the accuracy of our extant ancient sources. The German classicist and philologist Felix Jacoby arguably contributed more than any other modern scholar to identifying and evaluating lost historical works that survived only in fragmentary form. In his monumental seventeen-volume collection of fragments of Greek historians, Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker (Berlin and Leiden, 1923–1957), commonly abbreviated as FGrHist, Jacoby identified and commented on historical works that were used and cited by extant ancient sources.

64 BCE–19 CE, that is, about three centuries after the event described here. His work was multidisciplinary in nature and includes myths, ethnography, history, and geographical knowledge. indd 11 1/25/2011 8:34:33 PM 12 INTRODUCTION: THE EVIDENCE FOR GREEK HISTORY AND CULTURE campaign and was probably the first to record it (until probably 327 when he was arrested or executed). The fact that some of the details in Strabo’s story, such as the guidance rendered by the two crows, recur in other accounts makes it likely that they too relied directly or indirectly on Callisthenes as their source.

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