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The Ancient Greeks

A Critical History

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$50.00 • £43.95 • €45.95

ISBN 9780674033146

Publication Date: 03/15/1985


734 pages

2 maps

Belknap Press


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Fine…conveys the excitement of historical discovery and disputation with the relaxed, assured spontaneity of the lecturer. In his discussion of early Greece, he provides a rich blend of social, political, and cultural history.—Michael Gorra, The New York Times Book Review

The veteran scholar John V. A. Fine excellently surveys Greek history from the arrival of the Greeks, about 2000 B.C., to the death of Philip II (336 B.C.)… We commend him for discussing in detail so many problems of Greek history.—Mortimer Chambers, American Historical Review

Packed with information and well written.—Robert L. Pounder, Classical World

Teachers of Greek history…will welcome the publication of a new history of Greece, especially one composed by so thoughtful a scholar as John Fine of Princeton. The book, indeed, represents a distillation of more than thirty years’ experience not just as an active historian but also as a challenging classroom teacher.—Norman A. Doenges, New England Classical Newsletter

A comprehensive, thoughtful survey of the history of Greece from prehistoric times through the rise of Macedon in the 4th century, assessing the strength of the evidence and the conclusions of modern scholarship. Although a survey cannot linger in details of analysis, Fine’s clear, prismatic style conveys his careful scholarship.Key Reporter

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