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Josiah Ober

The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece. The Princeton History of the Ancient World. Princeton; Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2015. xxv + 416 pp. $35.00. isbn 9780691140919 (hbk).

The title of Josiah Ober’s new book signals its audacious scope. Ober seeks to elucidate the connection between political processes, economic growth, and cultural production across the entirety of the Greek world and over the course of more than three centuries. He argues that in the period between c. 600 and c. 300 bce, hundreds of relatively small, largely autonomous Greek city-states developed ‘citizen-centered’ political

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