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Greek History

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 March 2016


Epigraphic studies are usually addressed to specialists and are often timid in terms of asking big questions about their evidence. This review includes four brilliant recent studies, which use primarily Hellenistic inscriptions in order to discuss some major issues of Greek history from new perspectives. The first two books focus on politics and political institutions, while the other two raise similar issues from the point of view of Greek religion. All of them are fruitful applications of novel approaches to Greek communities which move beyond traditional approaches to the polis as a static and self-enclosed entity in favour of new approaches that stress the variability of Greek politics and the historical processes that involved regions and networks of which they formed part.

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1 Stasis and Stability. Exile, the Polis, and Political Thought, c. 404–146 bc. By Benjamin Gray. Oxford Classical Monographs. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2015. Pp. xiv + 452. Hardback £90, ISBN: 978-0-19-872977-8.

2 Proxeny and Polis. International Networks in the Ancient Greek World. By William Mack. Oxford Studies in Ancient Documents. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2015. Pp. xx + 410. 17 maps, 23 figures. Hardback £90, ISBN: 978-0-19-871386-9.

3 State Pilgrims and Sacred Observers in Ancient Greece. A Study of Theōriā and Theōroi. By Ian Rutherford. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013. Pp. xxviii + 534. 21 maps, 4 figures. Hardback £89.99, ISBN: 978-1-107-03822-6.

4 Religion and Society in Ancient Thessaly. By Maria Mili. Oxford Classical Monographs. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. xiv + 430. Hardback £90, ISBN: 978-0-19-871801-7.

5 Ancient Economies of the North Aegean, Fifth to First Centuries bc. By Zosia Halina Archibald. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013. Pp. xxii + 385. 34 figures and maps. Hardback £89, ISBN: 978-0-19-968211-9.

6 Fiscal Regimes and the Political Economy of Premodern States. Edited by Andrew Monson and Walter Scheidel. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015. Pp. xviii + 586. 22 b/w illustrations, 3 maps, 19 tables. Hardback £80, ISBN: 978-1-107-08920-4.

7 Patterns of the Past. Epitēdeumata in the Greek Tradition. Edited by Alfonso Moreno and Rosalind Thomas. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. viii + 267. 9 illustrations. Hardback £55, ISBN: 978-0-19-966888-5.

8 Envy and Jealousy in Classical Athens. A Socio-psychological Approach. By Ed Sanders. Emotions of the Past. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. xiv + 207. Hardback £51, ISBN: 978-0-19-989772-8.

9 Erôs in Ancient Greece. Edited by Ed Sanders, Chiara Thumiger, Chris Carey, and Nick J. Lowe. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013. Pp. xiv + 349. 13 b/w illustrations. Hardback £87, ISBN: 978-0-19-960550-7.

10 Experience and Teleology in Ancient Historiography. ‘Futures Past’ from Herodotus to Augustine. By Jonas Grethlein. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013. Pp. xii + 422. Hardback £74.99, ISBN: 978-1-107-04028-1.

11 Kinship in Thucydides. Intercommunal Ties and Historical Narrative. By Maria Fragoulaki. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013. Pp. xiv + 443. Hardback £94, ISBN: 978-0-19-969777-9.

12 Greek Notions of the Past in the Archaic and Classical Eras. History without Historians. Edited by John Marincola, Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, and Calum Maciver. Edinburgh Leventis Studies 6. Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2012. Pp. xiv + 378. 25 figures. Hardback £85, ISBN: 978-0-74864396-7.