The rise and fall of classical greece the princeton history of the ancient world josiah ober on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers lord byron described greece as great fallen and immortal a characterization more apt than he knew through most of its long history. The rise and fall of classical greece is a strongly argued and well written academic history with a firm structure and deep insights drawing from a variety of new research ober paints a convincing picture of ancient greek efflorescence resulting from economic structure cultural tolerance and political institutions. The rise and fall of classical greece will richly reward a serious lay reader one of its most appealing qualities is its multidisciplinary approach which is the fruit of obers extensive and generously acknowledged collaboration with scholars from around the world as well as with his stanford colleagues in a number of fields including . In the rise and fall of classical greece josiah ober offers a synoptic and ambitious social theoretical account of the ancient greek world the sources of its power the causes of its decline and the lessons that can be drawn from this story for contemporary social and political science we have thus invited a range of political scientists to . In this exemplary book josiah ober one of the foremost international authorities on ancient greek political economic and intellectual history persuasively explains why and how ancient greek communities and individuals managed and sometimes failed to flourish culturally and materially paul cartledge author of the spartans the world of the warrior heroes of ancient greece
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