What is ancient greek history

Ancient Greece: Literature List

Standard works of historical research


Paul Cartledge (Ed.), Cultural history of Greece in antiquity (Metzler 2000) ISBN 3476016536 Hardcover 29.95 EUR A cultural history that depicts ancient Greece in all its diversity. It offers an insight into everyday life and shows the highlights of Greek culture. In addition to historical maps, case studies and showcases, numerous illustrations illustrate many facets of Greek history.

Wolfgang Schuller, Greek history (Oldenbourg 2002), ISBN 3486490850 Hardcover 24.80 EUR Informative presentation of Greek history from the Minoan culture of Crete to Alexander the great. The historical events are dealt with briefly and concisely and at the same time an introduction to the sources and scientific research and its problems is given.


Michael Siebler, Olympia. Place of games, place of gods (Klett-Cotta 2004) 278 pages hardcover with dust jacket 62 illustrations and maps ISBN 3608960066 25.00 EUR The book tells a comprehensive and well-founded story of the rediscovery of ancient Olympia. In addition to the excavations, the origins and course of the Olympic Games are described as well as the temples, sports facilities and numerous works of art. A vividly told cultural history.

Ulrich Sinn, Ancient Olympia. Götter Spiel und Kunst (Beck Munich 2004) 276 pages linen ISBN 3406515584 29.90 EUR Brilliantly written and richly illustrated book. The author describes the competitions, sports and cult sites in Olympia, and assigns the greatest sports spectacle of antiquity an appropriate place as part of the cult of the gods and the various other uses of the sanctuary.

Karl-Wilhelm Weeber, The unholy games. Ancient Olympia between legend and reality. (New edition Artemis & Winkler Düsseldorf / Zurich 2000) ISBN 3760812171 Easily legible and well-founded presentation of the ancient Olympic Games. In it, bribery and shoving are portrayed as vividly as the bitter struggle of the athletes for victory and the difficulties of the referees to enforce the rules.

Marathon and Persian Wars

Oswyn Murray, Early Greece, 6th edition (DTV Munich 1998) ISBN 3423301392 (Antiquarian) Short and concise overview of early Greek history. In addition to the historical events, the society and culture of Greece from the 8th century BC are also presented. Until the Persian Wars.

Karl W. Welwei, Athens. From the Neolithic settlement to the archaic Greater Polis (Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft Darmstadt 1992) (antiquarian) Comprehensive description of the development of Athens from humble beginnings to the largest polis in Greece at the end of the archaic period. A scientifically sound introduction is given to the events that make Athens a leading power.

Pericles and the Golden Age of Athens

Wolfgang Will, Thucydides and Pericles. The historian and his hero (Habelt Verlag Bonn 2003) ISBN 3774931496 Hardcover 410 pages, 85.00 EUR On the basis of a critical reading by the ancient historian Thucydides, the author carefully draws a counter-image to the popular idea of ​​Pericles as Prince of Peace and patron of the arts. Rather, the focus is on his role as a warmonger and power politician who ultimately leads Athens into disaster.

Wolfgang Will, Pericles, Rowohlt's monographs (Rowohlt Reinbeck 1995) ISBN 349950474 Paperback 160 pages

Short and general biography of the Athenian statesman. The author just manages to portray the main features of the "Periclean Age" - the heyday of Athens - and to shed a critical light on the person of Pericles.

Christian Meier, Athens. A new beginning in world history. (Special edition) (Siedler), ISBN 3886808122 cloth 22.00 EUR 592 pages, with illustrations and maps The important ancient historian Christian Meier vividly describes the rise of Athens to the leading power of Greece and the subsequent decline of this cradle of European democracy. Lively written and yet scientifically sound. A thoroughly readable book.


Ernst Baltrusch, Sparta - history, society, culture, C.H. Beck, 1998, EUR 7.90 How did the unique, Spartan warrior state come about - and why did it fall apart again? What was everyday life like in this world? And how did the myth of Sparta influence later epochs? On 120 easy-to-understand pages, Ernst Baltrusch provides an excellent overview of the structure of the Hellenic military state

Lukas Thommen, Sparta - constitutional and social history of a Greek polis, J.B. Metzler, 2003, 19.80 euros In his detailed monograph, Lukas Thommen not only devotes himself to classical Sparta, but also describes the development of Laconia in earlier and later times - and with his differentiated view exposes numerous clichés of the rigid, Spartan "cosmos"


Luciano De Crescenzo, History of philosophy, 2 volumes: "The pre-Socratic", "From Socrates to Plotinus", Diogenes, each 8.90 euros The Neapolitan repeatedly gives his ironic monkey sugar without neglecting it - after all, he used to work as a graduate engineer. Readers who have not yet had anything to do with ancient philosophy will spend enjoyable and yet instructive hours with these ribbons.

Hans-Georg Gadamer, The beginnings of knowledge. Reclam, 4.00 Euro Excerpts from lectures on early Greek thought, compiled by the German philosopher himself. From exemplary language culture. Ingenious and inspiring.

Basic problems of the great philosophers, Uni-Taschenbuch, Vandenhoek & Rupprecht, 16.90 euros Excellent compilation and analysis of the essential statements in the philosophy of antiquity and the Middle Ages. Concentrated and without any chatter.

Diogenes Laertius, Life and teaching of the philosophers, Reclam, 11.10 euros Little appreciated by experts because of the complacency of the author and multiple suspicions of unbelievability, this ancient work nevertheless gives a good picture of the everyday life of almost all well-known Greek thinkers.


Frank Rumscheid: Priene. Guide through the "Pompeii of Asia Minor". Ege Yayinlari, Istanbul 1998, 23.50 euros (available from Buchhandlung Wasmuth, Berlin), 240 pp. One of Priene's excavators guides you through history and the ruins of the Greek city in a knowledgeable and easy-to-understand way. Numerous plans and illustrations simplify orientation on site.

Christian Tietze: The Greeks are building a city. The children's book publisher Berlin, Berlin 1988 (antiquarian available), 50 p. In 157 BC. The blacksmith Kleithos visits Priene on the southern slope of the Mykale. He is looking for work. The man from Halicarnassus is an invention, but the story of the move and the new construction of the city comes very close to reality. Particularly attractive: the illustrations of the buildings, like the text, closely follow the results of the archaeologists.


Kostas Papaioannou et al: Greek art. Herder, 1998, 656 pp. A good overview of Greek art from the Mycenaean period to Hellenism. Very informative, with explanations of the Greek (intellectual) history. With many illustrations. But, unfortunately, only antiquarian at the moment.

Bernard Andreae: Antique picture mosaics. Philipp von Zabern, Mainz 2004, 49.90 euros, 320 pp. Opus vermiculatum, "Worms" was what the Romans called the floor paintings made of the smallest, colored stones. In a wide arc, the author traces the development of the picture mosaic, from the early evidence of simple pebbles to the works of the Roman period made of stones that are less than a square millimeter in size.

Colossus of Rhodes

Wolfram Hoepfner: The Colossus of Rhodes and the Buildings of Helios. New research on one of the seven wonders of the world. Philipp von Zabern, Mainz 2004, 34.80 euros, 107 pages. The colossus stands with legs apart over the port entrance of Rhodes, at least in 18th century paintings. But builder Chares of Lindos has around 300 BC. BC probably designed a completely different image of the sun god Helios. Building researcher Wolfram Hoepfner reconstructs the appearance of one of the seven wonders of the world differently today using antique statues of sovereign rulers.

Alexander the Great

Plutarch: Alexander. Caesar. Reclam, 6.10 euros The oldest surviving biographies of Alexander were not written until centuries after his death. The Greek Plutarch (46 to approx. 120 AD) is not only a historian, but a writer: He not only lists Alexander's battles, but also draws a psychogram of this colorful personality.

Hans-Joachim Gehrke: Alexander the Great. C.H.Beck, 112 pages, 7.90 euros In a small space, Gehrke reliably presents the current state of research - and here and there even finds an opportunity to discuss different traditions of the ancient biographers.

Robin Lane Fox: Alexander the Great. Penguin Books, 576 pages, 14.78 euros An almost literary classic from the pen of a historian with gripping narratives, colorful depictions of landscapes and detailed consideration of Alexander's motifs - and yet rich in carefully researched and proven facts.