By David Stuttard
During this unique new method of telling the Greek tale, David Stuttard weaves jointly the lives of 50 movers and shakers of the Greek global right into a non-stop, chronologically geared up narrative, from the early tyrant rulers Peisistratus and Polycrates, in the course of the stirrings of democracy less than Cleisthenes to the increase of Macedon less than Philip II and Alexander the nice and the eventual decline of the Greek international as Rome rose. The political leaders, writers, artists and philosophers of historical Greece grew to become a small team of urban states right into a pan-Mediterranean civilization, whose legacy are available in all places this present day. yet who have been those humans, what can we understand in their lives and the way did they have interaction with one another?
Table of Contents
History and identification within the historic Greek international
Of Gods and Heroes
Hesiod and Homer: The start of the Gods and the a while of guy
Homer and the Beginnings of Biography
The Logographoi and the Stirrings of Historiography
The Age of Tyrants
PEISISTRATUS / POLYCRATES / SAPPHO / PYTHAGORAS / MILO / HIPPIAS / CLEISTHENES / HISTIAEUS / MILTIADES
Greece in danger
CIMON / THEMISTOCLES / LEONIDAS / GELON / HIERON / PINDAR / AESCHYLUS
The Age of Pericles
PERICLES / HERODOTUS / SOPHOCLES / EMPEDOCLES / PROTAGORAS / PHEIDIAS / ASPASIA
ALCIBIADES / CLEON / THUCYDIDES / ARISTOPHANES / EURIPIDES / ZEUXIS / GORGIAS / SOCRATES bankruptcy 6
XENOPHON / LYSANDER / EPAMINONDAS / LYSIAS / DEMOSTHENES / PLATO / ARISTOTLE
The Age of the Dynasts
ALEXANDER III / PTOLEMY I / DEMETRIUS OF PHALERUM / MENANDER / APELLES / EPICURUS
In the Shadow of Rome
PYRRHUS OF EPIRUS / APOLLONIUS OF RHODES / ARCHIMEDES / ATTALUS / PHILOPOEMEN / POLYBIUS
Lives in a replicate
Sources of Illustrations
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Defeating Sicily and Carthage was once a part of his grand plan, and who greater to rule Syracuse than his son Alexander, grandson of Agathocles, the city’s past due tyrannos? enforcing a garrison on Taras, in 278 he set sail for Sicily. A mid-second-century terracotta figurine indicates a battle elephant, built with a howdah (itself possibly a Macedonian invention), trampling a Gallic warrior. The paintings Archive/Musée du Louvre, Paris/Gianni Dagli Orti. The siege was once quick raised and throughout Sicily poleis, hoping that he will be their island’s liberator, flocked to Pyrrhus’ facet. because the Carthaginians withdrew earlier than Pyrrhus’ elephants and well-drilled phalanx, purely Lilybaeum within the some distance west held out. yet eulogies of Pyrrhus because the ‘king of Sicily and Epirus’ have been untimely. His fortunes replaced. outfitted on a low spit of land, Lilybaeum was once washed on aspects through the ocean. Had Pyrrhus’ fleet been dominant he may have taken it; however it was once now not. Carthage governed the waves. Pyrrhus’ persistence frayed. by no means one to buckle right down to long graft whilst new wars beckoned, he raised the siege, tough from the Sicilians ships and cash for his subsequent crusade: an assault on Carthage itself. It used to be now not an most unlikely procedure, yet Pyrrhus’ overweening therapy fast alienated his allies. whereas he ruthlessly punished his personal supporters for failing to supply the materiel he had asked, Carthage and the Mamertines of southern Italy engaged in a crusade to woo the now disgruntled poleis. missing the assets to sail opposed to Carthage or the acumen to rule Sicily, in 276 Pyrrhus hand over the island. because of his cloddish personality he didn't grab his prize. again on Italian soil and marching to Taras, his military was once burdened via Mamertines until eventually Pyrrhus furiously challenged their hulking champion to unmarried strive against. sooner than the Mamertine had time to imagine, Pyrrhus cut up the man’s head in . Thereafter the adventure stepped forward unhindered. but Pyrrhus’ cash have been dangerously low. To pay his troops he plundered the rich temple of Persephone at Locris, an ill-considered circulation. undesirable omens steered the goddess was once displeased, the Greeks considered his behaviour with foreboding, and as Pyrrhus marched north opposed to Rome’s replenished legions he did not think about to his destination’s ill-starred identify: Maleventum (Bad Outcome). On his arrival there, he attempted to release a shock assault through evening at the back of Roman traces, however the priceless manoeuvring took longer than anticipated and Pyrrhus’ torches failed. while he eventually attacked subsequent morning the Romans have been awaiting him. Worse, they'd stumbled on technique of terrifying elephants: fiery missiles, pigs smeared with tar and set alight, their death squeals sowing panic. The elephants ran amok, trampling good friend and foe alike, and through sundown neither facet had gained. It have been Pyrrhus’ final likelihood to conquer Rome. Accepting the inevitable, and with a fragment of his unique military nonetheless alive, he again to Epirus. inside 5 years the Romans possessed all southern Italy, and in popularity in their victory over Pyrrhus renamed the location in their final conflict with him Beneventum (Good Outcome).