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.
In this straightforward but colourful narrative, McGregor avoids the detailed complexities of scholarly controversy. The Athenians and Their Empire is the only critical study of its kind and will be of equal interest to students, teachers, general readers and travellers with a keen desire to understand the most crucial and fascinating period of ancient Greek history and culture.
Malcolm McGregor is a professor emeritus of classics at the University of British Columbia.
Preface Glossary 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 Appendices 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