The Athenians and Their Empire
Malcolm McGregor draws on a life-time of scholarship to write a comprehensive account of the most celebrated period in classical Greek history – “The Golden Age” – in which military and political advances of the Athenians coincided with their greatest achievements in art, literature, philosophy, and social theory. McGregor explains how democracy was nurtured in Athens and how effective government was achieved by a balance of open public debate and the role of individual decisive statesmen such as Pericles. This genuinely democratic government brought peace and prosperity to the Athenians and their allies and, as McGregor asserts, contributed to the extraordinary cultural ascendancy of fifth-century Greece.
In this straightforward but colourful narrative, McGregor avoids the detailed complexities of scholarly controversy. The Athenians and Their Empire is the only critical study of its kind and will be of equal interest to students, teachers, general readers and travellers with a keen desire to understand the most crucial and fascinating period of ancient Greek history and culture.
Teachers in search of a good, elementary and introductory text on this topic will welcome McGregor’s contribution, as will those who have heard about the Athenian Empire and wish to get some orientation about it ... A useful and welcome addition to our bookshelves, and the audience McGregor had in mind has been well served by his efforts.
For a scholarly work the style is lively and the chapters brisk and concise. Yet the information is extensive and includes an excellent glossary on Greek terms/offices.
I The Sources
II Hellenes and Persians in Asia Minor
III The Persian Invasions
IV The Meeting on Delos V. The Confederacy in Action
VI The First Peloponnesian War
VII The Peace of Callias
VIII The Panhellenic Conference
IX A New Imperialism
X From Armistice to Peace
XI The Acme Empire
XII Imperial Administration
XIII Government in Athens
XIV Prelude to War
XV The Great War
XVI Empire: A Verdict
1 Chronological Table of Major Events
2 Thucydides' 'Pentekontaetia'
3 The Athenian Calendar
5 The Members of the Empire
6 The Quota-lists Index of Places Index of People
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