A History of the Classical Greek World, 478 - 323 BC (Blackwell History of the Ancient World)

A History of the Classical Greek World, 478 - 323 BC (Blackwell History of the Ancient World)

P. J. Rhodes

Language: English

Pages: 405

ISBN: 0631225641

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This book gives an accessible account of classical Greek history, from the aftermath of the Persian Wars in 478 BC to the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC. The author describes the years which witnessed the flourishing of democracy in Athens; the establishment of the Athenian empire; the Peloponnesian War, which involved the whole Greek world; the development of Macedonian power under Philip II; and the conquests of Alexander the Great. His account combines narrative with analysis, and deals with major social, economic and cultural developments as well as political and military events. Rhodes details the evidence on which his narrative is based, which includes inscriptions, coins and material remains, and outlines the considerations, which have to be borne in mind in using this evidence.















lose them again), Boeotia (since Sparta was threatening in the name of autonomy to require the breaking-up of the Boeotian federation), and Corinth and Argos (which were forming a political union and did not want that to be undone), so no agreement was reached. Tiribazus supported the Spartans and arrested Conon, but the failure of the peace proposals suggested that Sparta would continue fighting against Persia, so Tiribazus was replaced by the anti-Spartan Struthas (Xen. Hell. IV. viii. 12–17,

to assume that he was sulking at the Athenians’ failure to take notice of his warnings, and wanted a treaty not because he believed in peace but because he believed that Philip’s subsequent conduct would show that his warnings had after all been justified. On the other hand, Eubulus and his associates, including Aeschines, were alarmed after the failure in Euboea and the fall of Olynthus, and in winter 348/7 under a decree of Eubulus embassies were sent out to rouse the Greeks against Philip,

and Neapolis and Alexander Samos in Delian League in Peloponnesian War honours for Lysander Athenian cleruchy C Sardis battle in and Alexander Scione: in Peloponnesian War Scopas of Paros, sculptor sculpture see also Pheidias Scyros C C Selinus temples in Peloponnesian War afterwards Selymbria in Peloponnesian War siege in Sicily mid C in Archidamian War in 415–413 late C5–C see also individual cities and leading men Simonides, of Cynoscephalae (in Boeotia) slaves

see in general R Meiggs, ‘The Crisis of Athenian Imperialism’, HSCP lxvii 1963, 1–36. Among many discussions of the alleged Peace of Callias see H. T Wade-Gery, ‘The Peace of Kallias’, HSCP Supp. i 1940, 121–56 = his Essays in Greek History, 201–32 (believing); D L. Stockton, ‘The Peace of Callias’, Hist, viii 1959, 61–79 (disbelieving), A. J. Holladay, ‘The Detente of Kallias?’, Hist, xxxv 1986, 503–7 = his Athens in the Fifth Century, ch. 5 (informal agreement). On Pericles’ congress proposal

peace a fifty-year alliance, and the Athenians then returned their prisoners from Sphacteria and so gave up their ability to put further pressure on Sparta (V. 14–24). Without full acceptance and implementation on the Peloponnesian side Athens was unwise to accept the peace; and the polarisation of Greece which had been unstable in the 430’s was to remain unstable. NOTE ON FURTHER READING See in general Cawkwell, Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War, Kagan, The Archidamian War, Lazenby, The

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