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The Athenians and Their Empire

Malcolm McGregor draws on a life-time of scholarship to write a comprehensive account of the most celebrated period in classical Greek history – “The Golden Age” – in which military and political advances of the Athenians coincided with their greatest achievements in art, literature, philosophy, and social theory. McGregor explains how democracy was nurtured in Athens and how effective government was achieved by a balance of open public debate and the role of individual decisive statesmen such as Pericles. This genuinely democratic government brought peace and prosperity to the Athenians and their allies and, as McGregor asserts, contributed to the extraordinary cultural ascendancy of fifth-century Greece.

244 pages

Table of Contents



I The Sources

II Hellenes and Persians in Asia Minor

III The Persian Invasions

IV The Meeting on Delos V. The Confederacy in Action

VI The First Peloponnesian War

VII The Peace of Callias

VIII The Panhellenic Conference

IX A New Imperialism

X From Armistice to Peace

XI The Acme Empire

XII Imperial Administration

XIII Government in Athens

XIV Prelude to War

XV The Great War

XVI Empire: A Verdict


1 Chronological Table of Major Events

2 Thucydides’ ’Pentekontaetia’

3 The Athenian Calendar

4 Coinage

5 The Members of the Empire

6 The Quota-lists Index of Places Index of People

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