Book Release for Ancient Greece: A History in Eleven Cities
by Paul Cartledge

Title: Ancient Greece: A History in Eleven Cities
Author: Paul Cartledge
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Date of Publication: 2009
Language: English
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0199233381
● ISBN-13: 978-0199233380
Price: $13.57 to $19.95
Description: hardcover, 266 pages
Availability: Major online vendors and publisher.

Editorial Reviews (from

"Cartledge, professor of Greek culture at the University of Cambridge, has created an intriguing overview of Greek history by providing synopses of 11 key city-states, each representing a different facet of Greek life and culture."--Publishers Weekly

"Aiming for a general audience, Cartledge achieves a fast-paced, highly engaging romp through ancient Greece. An excellent choice for anyone seeking an introduction to the topic; for all its readability, this book doesn't skimp on the research."--Library Journal

"Amid the wreckage of the Greek economy and the deadly riots on its streets, it may be more relaxing to read of earlier struggles in that country, revolutions whose course is more or less settled and no longer careering at horrific speed. Cartledge's Ancient Greece: A History in Eleven Cities is a rare work, a compelling historical narrative that is also a useful guidebook. The premise, as his subtitle indicates, is to help the historically conscious tourist by introducing places of trouble and strife, many of them ignored by travelers, that reveal how Greece, as we know it, began."--Peter Stothard, Wall Street Journal

Review by John Trikeriotis

". . .Cartledge has selected a handful of . . . poleis in his book entitled “Ancient Greece: A History of Eleven Cities”. Presented in chronological order, these entities . . . [serve] as an introduction to the rich history of Greek civilization, [and] this title offers a profile of each of these diverse cities, separated by not only geography, but in most instances, centuries as well . . . . To have limited the number of cities to this select few must have been a daunting task, especially since there were so many to choose from. However, Cartledge’s choices have exemplified the themes that were integral to ancient Greek civilization. . . ." Read entire review.

About the Author (from

Paul Cartledge is the inaugural A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Clare College. He is also Hellenic Parliament Global Distinguished Professor in the History and Theory of Democracy at New York University. He written and edited over 20 books, many of which have been translated into foreign languages. He is an honorary citizen of modern Sparta and holds the Gold Cross of the Order of Honor awarded by the President of Greece.

(Posting date 29 March 2011)

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