Thebes: The Forgotten City of Ancient Greece

Category: Book
By (author): Cartledge, Paul
Subject:  HISTORY / Ancient / General
  HISTORY / Ancient / Greece
  HISTORY / Civilization
  HISTORY / General
Publisher: Abrams Press
Published: September 2022
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 0.96in
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From The Publisher*The riveting, definitive account of the ancient Greek city of Thebes, by the acclaimed author of The Spartans-now in paperback

Among the extensive writing available about the history of ancient Greece, there is precious little about the city-state of Thebes. At one point the most powerful city in ancient Greece, Thebes has been long overshadowed by its better-known rivals, Athens and Sparta. In Thebes: The Forgotten City of Ancient Greece, acclaimed classicist and historian Paul Cartledge brings the city vividly to life and argues that it is central to our understanding of the ancient Greeks' achievements-whether politically or culturally-and thus to the wider politico-cultural traditions of western Europe, the Americas, and indeed the world.

From its role as an ancient political power, to its destruction at the hands of Alexander the Great as punishment for a failed revolt, to its eventual restoration by Alexander's successor, Cartledge deftly chronicles the rise and fall of the ancient city. He recounts the history with deep clarity and mastery for the subject and makes clear both the differences and the interconnections between the Thebes of myth and the Thebes of history. Written in clear prose and illustrated with images in two color inserts, Thebes is a gripping read for students of ancient history and those looking to experience the real city behind the myths of Cadmus, Hercules, and Oedipus.


Review Quote*"a welcome addition to any philhellenic library by a reliable, readable interpreter of the ancient past."
Review Quote*"Diving deep into centuries' worth of scholarship, Cartledge manages to make the ancient world accessible to modern readers. This deeply informed and richly detailed chronicle restores Thebes to its rightful place in history."
Review Quote*"Mr. Cartledge's command of the historical material is effortless and exhaustive, and his appreciation of Thebes is persuasive."
Biographical Note

Paul Cartledge is the A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture Emeritus at the University of Cambridge, where he taught from 1979 and 2014, and a Fellow of Clare College. His undergraduate and doctoral qualifications were obtained at Oxford, where he completed a dissertation on the archaeology and history of early Sparta under the supervision of professor Sir John Boardman. He has written and edited more than 20 books, many of which have been translated into foreign languages, including The Spartans, Alexander the Great, and Thermopylae, all published by The Overlook Press/Abrams Press, and most recently Democracy: A Life. He coedits a monograph series, sits on the editorial boards of three academic journals, and serves as consultant in ancient history to publishers on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, an honorary citizen of modern Sparta, and holds the Gold Cross of the Order of Honor awarded by the president of Greece.