provides scholarly yet accessible new interpretations of Greek history of the Classical period, from the aftermath of the Persian Wars in 478 B.C. to the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C.
- Topics covered range from the political and institutional structures of Greek society, to literature, art, economics, society, warfare, geography and the environment
- Discusses the problems of interpreting the various sources for the period
- Guides the reader towards a broadly-based understanding of the history of the Classical Age
Konrad H. Kinzl is Emeritus Professor of Ancient History at Trent University, Canada. He is editor of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean (1977), Die ältere Tyrannis (1979), Problems and Method in Greek History (1988) and Demokratia (1995), as well as author of Miltiades‑Forschungen (1968) and articles on archaic and classical Greek history and the sources.
"This collection of material is especially valuable for the holistic approach it takes in assessing the world of the fifth and fourth centuries. The focus is not narrow or purely literary and artistic. Thus, chapters on the Aegean world, the natural habitat, and the geological basis of the Greek environment place Greek society, farming, and settlement in a context far more deeply rooted than any purely literary study." (Pheonix, 2009)