May 2018 Non-Fiction Reaktion Books

Lost Civilizations

The Greeks: Lost Civilizations Philip Matyszak

Lost Civilizations

The Greeks: Lost Civilizations
Philip Matyszak


Hardback | May 2018 | REAKTION BOOKS | 9781780239002 | 208pp | 216x138mm | Forthcoming | GEN | AUD$37.99, NZD$44.99

This is ancient Greece — but not as we know it. Few people today appreciate that Greek civilisation was spread across the Middle East, and that there were Greek cities in the foothills of the Himalayas. This book tells the story of the Greeks outside Greece, such as Sappho, the poet from Lesbos; Archimedes, a native of Syracuse; and Herodotus, who was born in Asia Minor as a subject of the Persian Empire. 

From the earliest times of prehistoric Greek colonies around the Black Sea, through settlements in Spain and Italy, to the conquests of Alexander and the glories of the Hellenistic era, Philip Matyszak illuminates the Greek soldiers, statesmen, scientists, and philosophers who, though they seldom — if ever —set foot on the Greek mainland, nevertheless laid the foundations of what we call 'Greek culture' today. Instead of following the well-worn path of describing Athenian democracy and Spartan militarism, this book offers a fresh look at what it meant to be Greek by telling the story of the Greeks abroad, from India to Spain.