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Democracy and Classical Greece

Democracy and Classical Greece

Second Edition

J. K. Davies

ISBN 9780674196070

Publication date: 01/01/1993

The art of classical Greece, and its political and philosophical ideas, have had a profound influence on Western civilization. It was in the fifth and fourth centuries BC that this Greek culture—material, political and intellectual—reached its zenith. At the same time, the Greek states were at their most powerful and quarrelsome. J. K. Davies traces the flowering of this extraordinary society, drawing on a wealth of documentary material: houses and graves, extant sculpture and vases, as well as the writings of historians, orators, biographers, dramatists, and philosophers.


  • Davies has produced a perceptive, readable narrative, filled with sensible insights and enriched with a generous and judicious selection of quotations from sources… [He] skillfully interweaves social and cultural history with political and military matters. Students—and some historians—will benefit from his deft exegesis of texts (inscriptions, plays, philosophic pieces, anecdotes) and his cautionary reminders of what we do not know about the past… All in all, this is the best short history of Greece on the market.

    —Thomas W. Africa, The Historian [UK]

Book Details

  • 328 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press