A History of Greece – J. B. Bury (1900) (1st ed)


A History of Greece – J. B. Bury (1900) (1st ed)


A most comprehensive, readable history of ancient Greece, with illustrations, maps and plans.

Title: A History of Greece to the Death of Alexander the Great

Author: J. B. Bury

Publisher: Macmillan and Co., London, 1900. First edition.

Condition: Hardcover, no dust jacket. Very good. Some foxing to edges and endpapers. Cover bright, binding tight, with one foldout map, 6 other maps and plans, and many illustrations. 909pp, 7.5″ by 5″.


  1. Greece and the Aegean
  2. The Beginnings of Greece and the Heroic Age
  3. The Expansion of Greece
  4. Growth of Sparta
  5. The Union of Attica and the Foundation of Athenian Democracy
  6. Growth of Athens
  7. The Advance of Persia to the Aegean
  8. The Perils of Greece. The Persian and Punic Invasions
  9. The Foundation of the Athenian Empire
  10. The Athenian Empire under the Guidance of Pericles
  11. The War of Athens with the Peloponnesians
  12. The Decline and Downfall of the Athenian Empire
  13. The Spartan Supremacy and the Persian War
  14. The Revival of Athens and Her Second League
  15. The Hegemony of Thebes
  16. The Syracusan Empire and the Struggle with Carthage
  17. Rise of Macedonia
  18. The Conquest of Persia
  19. The Conquest of the Far East

About the author (from Wikipedia):

John Bagnell Bury, FBA (16 October 1861 – 1 June 1927), known as J. B. Bury, was an Irish historian, classical scholar, Medieval Roman historian and philologist. He objected to the label “Byzantinist” explicitly in the preface to the 1889 edition of his Later Roman Empire. He held the position of Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin.

Bury’s writings, on subjects ranging from ancient Greece to the 19th-century papacy, are at once scholarly and accessible to the layman. His two works on the philosophy of history elucidated the Victorian ideals of progress and rationality which undergirded his more specific histories. He also led a revival of Byzantine history (which he considered and explicitly called Roman history), which English-speaking historians, following Edward Gibbon, had largely neglected. He contributed to, and was himself the subject of an article in, the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica. With Frank Adcock and S. A. Cook he edited The Cambridge Ancient History, launched in 1919.