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A History of Greece to 322 B.C. Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0198730958 ISBN-10: 0198730950 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 716 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 3 edition (August 28, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198730950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198730958
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A solidly written text suitable for the reader who may wish to acquaint himself with the intricacies of Greek history to the death of Alexander and for the course intent to expose the student to a scholarly analysis of Greek events through a synthesis of ancient sources and a knowledge of the Greek peninsula."--Elias Kapetanopoulos, Central Connecticut State University


"An excellent text."--Barbara McCauley, University of Iowa


"Very thorough and scholarly: a joy to read!"--L.W. Birmingham, Widener University


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N. G. L. Hammond is at University of Bristol.

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Also includes excellent maps.
A. Blunk
Though this is a 650+ page history book, Hammond does a great job of telling the tale of ancient Greece with excitement in addition to providing detailed information.
Pumpkin King
This book would make an excellent graduate school textbook.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By William on April 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
There are some books which merit a far wider recognition and respect than they will ever receive. Admittedly, the subject matter of Hammond's book is not only daunting, but downright unfashionable. To my mind, this only contributes more to its already tremendous value. As histories of Classical Greece go, Hammond's 'History of Greece' is a marvel of clear, authoritative writing, compelling scholarship, and overall mastery of a difficult and still intriguing topic.
While one could perhaps make the case that the book is now some fifteen years old, and therefore somewhat in need of revision, the overwhelming detail and clarity of the work must mitigate that concern. Hammond has presented what may fairly be called a masterpiece of Classical Greek history. His coverage of subjects ranging from politics to the arts, from the Persian to the Peloponnesian wars, or from Alcibiades to Xenophon (although biographical details are, perhaps of necessity, somewhat lacking) all combine to form a coherent, thorough accounting of the rise of Greece.
Enhanced by black&white photographs and an assortment of excellent maps, Hammond's 'History of Greece to 322 B.C.' should be considered an essential volume not only for the shelves of the Classical scholar, but for anyone who wishes a better understanding of one of the founding nations of the Western world.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pumpkin King on April 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
Though this is a 650+ page history book, Hammond does a great job of telling the tale of ancient Greece with excitement in addition to providing detailed information. If you need a one-book history of Greece from its beginnings to the death of Alexander the Great, this will probably suit your needs. There are some pictures and maps, but if you actually want to know what's going on, an atlas of ancient Greece might help.

Interestingly, Hammond is especially thorough where battles are concerned and sometimes includes maps to illustrate the placement of ships or soldiers in a given battle. He is also adept at describing the intellectual and artistic achievement of the Greeks and fitting them into the narrative of events. The book is well organized and the table of contents show clearly what each segment of the book is about.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Blunk on June 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is, simply put, the definitive single volume history of Greece up to the death of Alexander the Great. If you are looking for an in depth look at the political and military history of the Greek cities, this is exactly what you are looking for. Also includes excellent maps.
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