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Histoires grecques : snapshots from antiquity

Author: Maurice Sartre; Catherine Porter
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009.
Series: Revealing antiquity, 17.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"In a series of brilliant snapshots, each a distinct bit of a larger story, Maurice Sartre's Histoires Grecques spans the grand narrative of Greek culture over a thousand years and a vast expanse of land and sea. From Homer to Damascius, from recent discoveries in Kandahar to an account of the murder of Hypatia in 415 CE, each snapshot captures a moment in the history of Greek civilization. Together they offer a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Maurice Sartre; Catherine Porter
ISBN: 9780674032125 0674032128
Language Note: Translated from the French.
OCLC Number: 225874310
Notes: Includes glossary.
Description: xviii, 422 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Theseus Unites Attica?s Inhabitants, or the Origins of the City-State ---
2. The Theraeans Embark for Cyrene, or How to Found a Colony: A National Legend ---
3. Lydian Coins, or the Origins of Money ---
4. Graffiti on Ramses II's Leg, or Greek Mercenaries and Merchants in Pharaonic Egypt ---
5. Phalaris's Bull, or One Aspect of the Crisis: Tyranny ---
6. "You Will Destroy a Great Empire!" or Oracles and Soothsayers ---
7. "And Cleisthenes Had the People Join His Hetaireia," or the Bases of Athenian Democracy ---
8. Histiaeus of Miletus and the Tattooed Slave, or Greeks and Persians in Asia Minor ca. 550-ca. 490 ---
9. An Ostracizing Potsherd, or the Progress of Democracy after the Greco-Persian Wars ---
10. Complaints of a Bastard, or Pericles? Law on Citizenship ---
11. Hippolytus's Prayer to Zeus, or Women in the City-State ---
12. The Story of a Broken Sigma, or Athenian Imperialism ---
13. Two Thousand Helots Gone! or Slaves in the City-State ---
14. Naked and Unarmed in the Dark, or Training and Initiation of Spartan Youth ---
15. Nicocles of Salamis in Cyprus, or Foreigners in the City-State ---
16. Pasion Bequeaths His Wife, or from Slavery to Freedom ---
17. An Arabian Owl, or Greek Trade and Culture in the Near and Middle East before Alexander ---
18. The Susa Weddings, or Alexander, Iran, and the Greeks ---
19. A Hymn for Demetrios Poliorcetes, or New Kings, New Gods ---
20. In Io's Footsteps, or Greek Settlement in Alexander's Empire ---
21. Long Live Poverty! or Revolutions in Sparta in the Third Century ---
22. A Capital on the Banks of the Amu Darya, or the Greeks in Bactria and India ---
23. Gymnasium: Keep Out! or Education and Citizenship in the Hellenistic World ---
24. A Wild Ass for the King, or Greeks, Jews, and Hellenism in the Transjordan ---
25. An Epigram from Sidon, or Hellenism in Syria in the Third and Second Centuries B.C.E. ---
26. The Promotion of Toriaion, or How to Become a City-State ---
27. Steles of Mercenaries from Sidon, or the Army and the War in the Hellenistic World ---
28. Jason the Impious, or Hellenism in Jerusalem ---
29. Amphora Stamps from Rhodes and Elsewhere, or Exchanges in the Mediterranean Region and Beyond, Third to First Centuries B.C.E. ---
30. Let Us Pray for Archippe's Recovery! or Women and Euergetism ---
31. "Kill Them All," or the Greeks, Rome, and Mithridates VI Eupator ---
32. Prizes for an Athlete from Miletus, or Competition and Greek Culture ---
33. Epaminondas Offers a Banquet, or Civic Ruin and Philanthropy in Greece in the First Century C.E. ---
34.?The Sun and the Stars,? or Rome, the Client Princes, and the Provinces in the Eastern Mediterranean ---
35. Pagan Martyrs in Alexandria, or Greeks and Jews in Alexandria in the First Century C.E. ---
36. "Let Them Be Free,?" or Nero and Greek Freedom ---
37. Eating Roots in Aspendos, or Grain Crises and Speculation in Asia Minor in the First Century ---
38. "We, the Greeks of Danaba," or Banditry and Pacification in Syria in the Time of the Herodians ---
39. The Child in the Cauldron, or Indigenous Gods, Greek Gods in the Near East ---
40. Farmers in Flight (163 C.E.), or Agriculture and Rural Life in Greco-Roman Egypt ---
41. Urinating in Front of Aphrodite, or Jews and Greeks Six Centuries Later ---
42. Of the Proper Use of Hellenic Letters, or How to Be Christian and Cultivated ---
43. The Death of Hypatia, or Remaining Pagan in a Christian World.
Series Title: Revealing antiquity, 17.
Other Titles: Histoires grecques.
Snapshots from antiquity
Responsibility: Maurice Sartre ; translated by Catherine Porter.


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