In the Shadow of Olympus

In the Shadow of Olympus

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In tracing the emergence of the Macedonian kingdom from its origins as a Balkan backwater to a major European and Asian power, Eugene Borza offers to specialists and lay readers alike a revealing account of a relatively unexplored segment of ancient history. He draws from recent archaeological discoveries and an enhanced understanding of historical geography to form a narrative that provides a material-culture setting for political events. Examining the dynamics of Macedonian relations with the Greek city-states, he suggests that the Macedonians, although they gradually incorporated aspects of Greek culture into their own society, maintained a distinct ethnicity as a Balkan people. qBorza has taken the trouble to know Macedonia: the land, its prehistory, its position in the Balkans, and its turbulent modern history. All our understanding of the emergence of Macedon.... Borza has employed two of the historian's most valuable tools, autopsy and common sense, to produce a well-balanced introduction to the state that altered the course of Greek and Near Eastern history.q--Waldemar Heckel, Bryn Mawr Classical ReviewInevitably this work will be compared a€” for better or worse a€” with parts of Nicholas Hammond et al., A History of Macedonia (3 vols., Oxford: 1972-88). One suspects that parts of A History of Macedonia will not need revision for decades.

Title:In the Shadow of Olympus
Author:Eugene N. Borza
Publisher:Princeton University Press - 1992


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