Cartledge sets out to examine the greeks in terms of their culture and legacy under a number of headings and does it by examining each heading eg women slavery etc in terms of its exact opposite and its negative aspects as well as its positive ones the chapter on slavery is particularly good it must be remembered that cartledge is an . Paul anthony cartledge is the 1st ag leventis professor of greek culture at cambridge university having previously held a personal chair in greek history at cambridge he was educated at st pauls school new college oxford where he took his 1st degree completed his doctoral thesis in spartan archaeology in 1975 under prof sir john . Instead paul cartledge the author of this short introduction focuses on just eleven poleis picking some that are the most representative of the ancient greek history as a whole overall this book is a good introduction to ancient greece and all hellenophiles will find a lot of interesting information in it. Paul cartledge one of the most theoretically alert widely read and prolific of contemporary ancient historians tls here examines the greeks and their achievements in terms of their own self image mainly as it was presented by the supposedly objective historians herodotus thucydides and xenophon
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