Greece: Uncertain Democracy

Greece: Uncertain Democracy

Greece: Uncertain Democracy

Greece: Uncertain Democracy

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This volume contains all of the material on Greece included in Rostovtzeff A History of the Ancient World; that is, Chapters XII through XXVI and parts of Chapters VI and VII. It also seemed advisable to reprint here the two introductory chapters (I and II) of Rostovtzeff's work.

Here and there small changes were made to keep the book abreast of new discoveries. A page was added at the beginning of the book to give some idea of the earliest civilization in Greece, a period which was hardly known at the time of the Second Edition (1930). But the editor never forgot that this was the work of his teacher, and not his own. He deleted statements made doubtful by new evidence but avoided introducing new views or judgments. For the same reason, he partly rewrote Chapters XXI-XXVI (now XIV-XVII) to bring them into agreement with Rostovtzeff Social and Economic History of the Hellenistic World, published in 1941.

Mrs. M. Rostovtzeff kindly helped to choose illustrations from the plates of the Second Edition. Some illustrations have been added, the bibliography has been compiled anew, and the chronology revised. The redrawn maps now exhibit almost all the geographical names mentioned in the text, and only those names.

May 1962 E. J. B.

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