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The rise and fall of classical Greece, Josiah Ober

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The rise and fall of classical Greece
Title
The rise and fall of classical Greece
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Josiah Ober
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Language
eng
Summary
"Lord Byron described Greece as great, fallen, and immortal, a characterization more apt than he knew. Through most of its long history, Greece was poor. But in the classical era, Greece was densely populated and highly urbanized. Many surprisingly healthy Greeks lived in remarkably big houses and worked for high wages at specialized occupations. Middle-class spending drove sustained economic growth. Classical wealth produced a stunning cultural efflorescence lasting hundreds of years. Why did Greece reach such heights in the classical period--and why only then? And how, after 'the Greek miracle' had endured for centuries, did the Macedonians defeat the Greeks, seemingly bringing an end to their glory? Drawing on a massive body of newly available data and employing novel approaches to evidence, Josiah Ober offers a major new history of classical Greece and an unprecedented account of its rise and fall. Ober argues that Greece's rise was no miracle but rather the result of political breakthroughs and economic development. The extraordinary emergence of citizen-centered city-states transformed Greece into a society that defeated the mighty Persian Empire. Yet Philip and Alexander of Macedon were able to beat the Greeks in the Battle of Chaeronea in 338 BCE, a victory enabled by the Macedonians' appropriation of Greek innovations. After Alexander's death, battle-hardened warlords fought ruthlessly over the remnants of his empire. But Greek cities remained populous and wealthy, their economy and culture surviving to be passed on to the Romans--and to us. A compelling narrative filled with uncanny modern parallels, this is a book for anyone interested in how great civilizations are born and die. This book is based on evidence available on a new interactive website. To learn more, please visit: http://polis.stanford.edu/"--
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Ober, Josiah
Dewey number
938
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DF 77 .O24 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The Princeton history of the ancient world
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Social change
  • City-states
  • HISTORY / Ancient / Greece
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
  • PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Ancient & Classical
  • PHILOSOPHY / Political
  • City-states
  • Civilization
  • Economic history
  • Politics and government
  • Social change
  • Greece
  • Greece
  • Greece
  • Greece
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The rise and fall of classical Greece, Josiah Ober
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The puzzle of classical efflorescence -- Ants around a pond : an ecology of city-states -- Political animals : a theory of decentralized cooperation -- Wealthy Hellas : measuring efflorescence -- Explaining Hellas' wealth -- Citizens and specialization, to 550 BCE -- From tyranny to democracy, 550-465 BCE -- Golden age of empire, 478-404 BCE -- Disorder and growth, 403-340 BCE -- Political fall, 359-334 BCE -- Creative destruction and immortality -- Appendix I: Regions of the Greek world -- Appendix II: King, City, Elite game / Josiah Ober and Barry Weingast -- Images and Tables -- Maps
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xxv, 416 pages
Isbn
9780691140919
Lccn
2014037623
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)902137704
  • (OCoLC)ocn902137704
Label
The rise and fall of classical Greece, Josiah Ober
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The puzzle of classical efflorescence -- Ants around a pond : an ecology of city-states -- Political animals : a theory of decentralized cooperation -- Wealthy Hellas : measuring efflorescence -- Explaining Hellas' wealth -- Citizens and specialization, to 550 BCE -- From tyranny to democracy, 550-465 BCE -- Golden age of empire, 478-404 BCE -- Disorder and growth, 403-340 BCE -- Political fall, 359-334 BCE -- Creative destruction and immortality -- Appendix I: Regions of the Greek world -- Appendix II: King, City, Elite game / Josiah Ober and Barry Weingast -- Images and Tables -- Maps
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xxv, 416 pages
Isbn
9780691140919
Lccn
2014037623
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)902137704
  • (OCoLC)ocn902137704

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