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Central Greece and the politics of power in the fourth century BC /
John Buckler and Hans Beck.
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
xviii, 309 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
0521837057, 9780521837057
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Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 287-304) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2009-07-01:
This book is a collection of 18 essays, some previously published (sometimes in obscure publications) and others unpublished, on the history of central Greece in the fourth century BCE. Its authors are prominent: Buckler (emer., McGill Univ.) is, in fact, the world's top scholar on this topic. The collection is schizoid in character. Some essays are very technical and rather tedious. Others have great importance for Greek history in this period. The scholarly analysis in the essays is quite good except where Buckler's biases get in the way. Buckler correctly notes, for instance, that the fourth-century historian Xenophon allowed his pro-Spartan and pro-Athenian biases to warp his historical accounts, but Buckler's own pro-Theban perspective sometimes warps his view--for instance, on the start of the Sacred War. There he constructs an unconvincing argument to exculpate Thebes from any responsibility for provoking the war while also taking a gratuitous jab at Athens. Nevertheless, scholars will find this collection of essays both important and useful. Complementing the work's usefulness are several original maps, thorough and scholarly footnotes, and a fine bibliography. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, faculty. J. M. Williams SUNY Geneseo
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Though central Greece in the fourth century is often considered a backwater for macro-politics, this book reveals a vivid tension between regional politics in Boeotia and its adjacent territories and Greek affairs. The authors investigate the region's military and political history, paying special attention to topography.
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Approaches Greek political and military history in the fourth century BC from the perspective of Thebes and neighbouring Phocis. The authors uncover the dynamic tension between local affairs and the wider transformation of the Greek world on the eve of Macedonian conquest.
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The streams of Greek history in the fourth century are highly controversial. Sandwiched between the Classical fifth century and the Hellenistic period, the era has invited various readings, most prominently the verdict of decrepitude and decline. Recent discoveries, however, indicate that the period was not simply illustrative of the political, social, and economic weaknesses of the Greek city-state. This book examines the fourth century from an area with its own regional dynamics: central Greece, a region often considered as a backwater for macro-politics. The authors disclose a vivid tension between regional politics in Boeotia and its adjacent territories and Greek affairs. They provide a meticulous and, at times, microscopic investigation into the region's military and political history, together with detailed analyses of the topography of the places 'where history was made.' The result is a dazzling account of Greece's power transition crisis on the eve of the Macedonian conquest.
Table of Contents
List of mapsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
List of abbreviationsp. xv
Prologue: Power politics in fourth-century Greece (by Hans Beck)p. 1
Alliancep. 31
A survey of Theban and Athenian relations between 403-371 BCp. 33
The incident at Mt. Parnassus, 395 BCp. 44
The battle of Coronea and its historiographical legacyp. 59
The King's Peace, alliance, and Phoebidas' strike (382 BC)p. 71
Sphodrias' raid and the evolution of the Athenian Leaguep. 79
Hegemonyp. 85
The re-establishment of the boiotarchia (378 BC)p. 87
The battle of Tegyra, 375 BCp. 99
Plutarch on Leuctrap. 111
Alliance and hegemony in fourth-century Greece: the case of the Theban Hegemonyp. 127
Xenophon's speeches and the Theban Hegemonyp. 140
The phantom synedrion of the Boeotian Confederacy, 378-335 BCp. 165
Boeotian Aulis and Greek naval basesp. 180
Epaminondas and the new inscription from Cnidusp. 199
Dominationp. 211
Thebes, Delphi, and the outbreak of the Sacred Warp. 213
Pammenes, the Persians, and the Sacred Warp. 224
Philip II, the Greeks, and the King, 346-336 BCp. 233
A note on the battle of Chaeroneap. 254
Philip II's designs on Greecep. 259
Epiloguep. 277
Glossaryp. 284
Referencesp. 287
Indexp. 305
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