The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece Princeton History of the Ancient World Binding: Hardcover Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr Publish Date: 2015/05/04 Synopsis: "Lord Byron described Greece as great, fallen, and immortal, a characterization more apt than he knew
Through most of its long history, Greece was poor. But in the classical era, Greece was densely populated and highly urbanized. Many surprisingly healthy Greeks lived in remarkably big houses and worked for high wages at specialized occupations. Middle-class spending drove sustained economic growth. Classical wealth produced a stunning cultural efflorescence lasting hundreds of years. Why did Greece reach such heights in the classical period--and why only then? And how, after 'the Greek miracle' had endured for centuries, did the Macedonians defeat the Greeks, seemingly bringing an end to their glory? Drawing on a massive body of newly available data and emp...