Part 1 Crete, Mycenae and the heroic age: origins; King Minos and Knossos; the Mycenaean world; bronze age trade; the seas people controversy; the collaspe of the Mycenae; the Trojan wars; Minoan and Mycenaean art. Part 2 Dark age to Athenian ascendancy: dark age Greece; rise of the city-states; migration and colonization; Egypt and Kyrenaica; the Greeks in Italy; rise of the tyrants; Athens ascendant; the classical myths. Part 3 The Persian rival: Persia and the west; kingdom of Macedonia; Persian campaigns I and II; the continuing rivalry; the rise of Sparta; ancient explorers; Greek literature and thought. Part 4 Perikles to Phillip: Perikles and the Athens empire; Peloponnesian War - the Aegean, Sicily; Sparta and Thebes; Kingdoms of Northern Greece; decline of Athens; Philip and Macedonian expansion; Greek warfare. Part 5 Alexander and after: campaigns of Alexander; Alexander the general; Alexander's spoils; consolidation of the kingdoms; new kingdoms, new rivalries; kingdoms in crises; Roman conquest; architecture of Ancient Greece.
The cradle of Western civilisation, Ancient Greece was a land of contradictions and conflict. Intensely quarrelsome and competitive, the Greek city-states consistently proved unwilling and unable to unite.
Robert Morkot is a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Exeter.