Book Details

  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $53.00
  • January 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-500-29337-9
  • 368 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

Ancient Greece

A New History

First Edition


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Jeremy McInerney (Author)


An extensively illustrated introduction to ancient Greek history

Ancient Greece: A New History is a new, single-authored survey of the ancient Greek world that brings the past to life with a fresh narrative and vivid images. Drawing on the latest archaeological research and textual evidence, award-winning teacher and scholar Jeremy McInerney shows that many of the issues that concerned the ancient Greeks—justice and inequality, nationalism and xenophobia, medicine and science—are relevant today.

Key features include more than 200 color images; chapter-opening timelines, detailed maps and plans; chapter-ending illustrated “Spotlight” features; and instructor and student resources.


Why study the Greeks?

McInerney addresses this question head on in Chapter 1 by speaking in depth about how Greek culture informs us today on aesthetics, democracy, racism, and sexual inequality. Along with its single-voiced narrative, this emphasis sets Ancient Greece apart from its competitors and addresses a real need in teaching Greek history. 

Illuminates the past with unmatched art program

Beautifully illustrated with over 240 full-color photos, maps, and line drawings, Ancient Greece offers students excellent visuals alongside the engaging narrative. Every chapter contains a 2-3 page “Spotlight” feature that allows students to appreciate the imagery of Ancient Greece. 

Uses both textual and archaeological evidence

Ancient Greece: A New History matches well-placed text extracts with archaeological evidence to deliver a comprehensive and critical account of the Greek world. 

A unique chapter on Persia

Reviewers have praised Chapter 7’s coverage on Persia, which starts from the perspective of the Persians before continuing to their interaction with the Greeks, thus helping to contextualize their shared history. 


    Chapter 1: Introduction: Why Study the Greeks?
    Chapter 2: Early Greece and the Minoans: The Labyrinth and the Minotaur
    Chapter 3: Mycenae: Rich in Gold
    Chapter 4: The Iron Age
    Chapter 5: The Archaic Age: Sparta
    Chapter 6: The Archaic Age: Athens
    Chapter 7: Persia
    Chapter 8: Democracy and Empire
    Chapter 9: Inclusion and Exclusion: Life in Periklean Athens
    Chapter 10: Religion and Philosophy: Belief and Knowledge in the Classical Age
    Chapter 11:The Peloponnesian War
    Chapter 12: Panhellenism and the Rise of Philip
    Chapter 13: Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age

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