Immerse yourself in this comprehensive survey of ancient Greece from 750 to 323 B.C. - from the emergence of Greece at the end of the Dark Ages to the final disintegration of Greek autonomy through the Macedonian kings Philip II and Alexander the Great.
These 48 riveting lectures tell the story of ancient Greek institutions and the people who molded them during the Archaic and Classical periods.
Concentrating on the city-states of mainland Greece, with a special focus on Athens, Professor Worthington guides through some of history's most hard-fought struggles - from armed conflicts (such as the Persian Wars, the Peloponnesian War, and the campaigns of Alexander the Great) to political and social struggles (including the late 6th-century civil war in Athens that pitted nobles against the lower classes and eventually produced the first stirrings of democracy).
As you explore innovative Athenian approaches to democracy, law, and empire, you discover how these approaches served as the bedrock for ideas and practices that you live with every day. You also encounter a wealth of intriguing links to many of our own contemporary institutions and attitudes about democracy, law, and empire.
By the end of Professor Worthington's final captivating lecture, you discover that there was nothing inevitable about democracy, the Western concept of justice, or any of the other traditions and institutions that now play such central roles in the politics of the modern Western world. The story of how this tentative structure transformed into the firm foundation of our contemporary world is gripping, enlightening, and immensely rewarding.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
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The ancient greek world in detail
Ian Worthington approaches the ancient greek world with a lot of scepticism. Unlike some other authors he is quick to critisize and looks at the true origin of things such as democracy.
In contrast to other lectures I came out of it really understanding certain events and how things turned out the way they did. Fortunately he goes chronologically, presenting events such as wars and turmoil without losing focus. One of my highlights are the chapters about the spartans.
The lecture series was truly enjoyable and the only thing I dislike is that there is no other lecture series by Ian Worthington. He manages to make discussions about law interesting and relevant.
If you are interested in the ancient greek world and want to go deeper than a superfucial look then this is the right choice.
I will re-listen the series even just for enjoyment.
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A brillant course with some heresies
Was Kleon a better politician than Perikles? Is Alexander the Great much overestimated and should we reevaluate the importance of Philipp II of Macedonia? These any many other heretical questions posed in this audio book make you rethink traditional historical knowledge. Prof. Worthington presents the facts, it's up to the listener to form his or her own opinion. The content is about 50% Athens and 25% Macedonia - this reflects the scarcity of sources from other regions of Greece. I enjoyed the book from start to end and will certainly purchase his other book available on Audible ("By the Spear") quite soon.