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Title A culture of freedom : ancient Greece and the origins of Europe / Christian Meier ; translated by Jefferson Chase.
Author Meier, Christian, 1929-
Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
Description xvi, 315 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Call # 938 M
Note Translation of: Kultur, um der Freiheit willen.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-302) and index.
Contents Part I. The Question of Beginnings: A most unusual case I: the appropriation of antiquity by medieval and modern Europe; The challenge of freedom; A most unusual case II: the early conditions of the formation of medieval and early modern culture; The constitution of Europe as a continent; Greeks and Persians I: freedom and rule-- Atossa's dream; Europe and Asia in antiquity; Antiquity as European prehistory or early history -- Part II. The Rise of the World of Poleis: A post-mycenaean new beginning : origins of Greek particularity; The dawn of an era : the eighth century BC; The Greeks and the Orient; Colonization; Homer and Hesiod; Gods and priests; Crisis and consolidation: the seventh and sixth centuries BC; Polis individualism and the pan-Hellenic context: the agonistic impulse; The diversity of the poleis: Sparta and other cities; The wars; Polis structure: public sphere and institutions; Crisis: aristocratic rivalries, social conflict, tyranny; Lyric poetry, the symposium, and a reorientation towards virtue; The beginnings of political thought: the 'middling class' ; The beginnings of philosophy and science; Athens's path towards Isonomy and its rise to power; The Aegean world around 500 BC: Greeks and Persians II; Outlook -- Epilogue.
Summary The book takes us on a tour through the rich spectrum of Greek life and culture, from their epic and lyric poetry, political thought and philosophy, to their social life, military traditions, sport, and religious festivals, and finally to the early stages of Greek democracy. Running as a connecting thread throughout is a people's attempt to create a society based upon the concept of freedom rather than naked power.
Note Translated from the German title: Kultur, um der Freiheit willen.
Subject Greece -- Civilization -- To 146 B.C.
Greece -- Politics and government -- To 146 B.C.
Greece -- History -- To 146 B.C.
Greece -- History -- Persian Wars, 500-449 B.C.
Europe -- Civilization -- Greek influences.
Political science -- Greece -- History.
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Civilization. (OCoLC)fst00862898
Civilization -- Greek influences. (OCoLC)fst00862910
Political science. (OCoLC)fst01069781
Europe. (OCoLC)fst01245064
Greece. (OCoLC)fst01208380
Persian Wars (Greece : 500-449 B.C.) (OCoLC)fst01353977
To 146 B.C.
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Addl. Title Kultur, um der Freiheit willen. English
ISBN 9780199747405
9780199588039 (hbk.)
0199588031 (hbk.)
Standard # 6796243

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