The rise and fall of classical Greece / Josiah Ober.
By: Ober, Josiah.Series: The Princeton history of the ancient world.Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2015Description: xxv, 416 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780691140919 (hardcover : acidfree paper).Subject(s): Social change -- Greece -- History -- To 1500 | City-states -- Greece -- History | HISTORY / Ancient / Greece | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History | POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory | PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Ancient & Classical | PHILOSOPHY / Political | Greece -- Civilization -- To 146 B.C | Greece -- Politics and government -- To 146 B.C | Greece -- Economic conditions -- To 146 B.CDDC classification: 938
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 367-400) and index.
The puzzle of classical efflorescence -- Ants around a pond : an ecology of city-states -- Political animals : a theory of decentralized cooperation -- Wealthy Hellas : measuring efflorescence -- Explaining Hellas' wealth -- Citizens and specialization, to 550 BCE -- From tyranny to democracy, 550-465 BCE -- Golden age of empire, 478-404 BCE -- Disorder and growth, 403-340 BCE -- Political fall, 359-334 BCE -- Creative destruction and immortality -- Appendix I: Regions of the Greek world -- Appendix II: King, City, Elite game / Josiah Ober and Barry Weingast -- Images and Tables -- Maps.
"Lord Byron described Greece as great, fallen, and immortal, a characterization more apt than he knew. Through most of its long history, Greece was poor. But in the classical era, Greece was densely populated and highly urbanized. Many surprisingly healthy Greeks lived in remarkably big houses and worked for high wages at specialized occupations. Middle-class spending drove sustained economic growth. Classical wealth produced a stunning cultural efflorescence lasting hundreds of years. Why did Greece reach such heights in the classical period--and why only then? And how, after 'the Greek miracle' had endured for centuries, did the Macedonians defeat the Greeks, seemingly bringing an end to their glory? Drawing on a massive body of newly available data and employing novel approaches to evidence, Josiah Ober offers a major new history of classical Greece and an unprecedented account of its rise and fall. Ober argues that Greece's rise was no miracle but rather the result of political breakthroughs and economic development. The extraordinary emergence of citizen-centered city-states transformed Greece into a society that defeated the mighty Persian Empire. Yet Philip and Alexander of Macedon were able to beat the Greeks in the Battle of Chaeronea in 338 BCE, a victory enabled by the Macedonians' appropriation of Greek innovations. After Alexander's death, battle-hardened warlords fought ruthlessly over the remnants of his empire. But Greek cities remained populous and wealthy, their economy and culture surviving to be passed on to the Romans--and to us. A compelling narrative filled with uncanny modern parallels, this is a book for anyone interested in how great civilizations are born and die. This book is based on evidence available on a new interactive website. To learn more, please visit: http://polis.stanford.edu/"--