Bury, History of Greece (1970)
John Bagnell Bury, A History of Greece to the Death of Alexander the Great (Macmillan St Martin’s Press, 3rd edition, revised by Russell Meiggs, reprinted 1970, London and Basingstoke 1970)
Extract from the Preface to the Third Edition (1951) by Russell Meiggs, Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford: “The first edition of this History of Greece was published in 1900, on the eve of Sir Arthur Evans’ dramatic excavations at Cnossos. In the second edition, published in 1913, Bury rewrote the first chapter in the light of the new evidence.
In the period since 1913 excavation and discussion have advanced considerably our understanding of mainland Greece before the coming of Dorians. In the present edition, while the section on early Crete has been left substantially unchanged, the Greek sections of the first chapter have been again rewritten, incorporating where possible Bury’s material in a revised setting. The accumulation of new evidence over the past two generations and the further sifting of old evidence has also demanded widespread revision in the other chapters.
Throughout my revision I have tried to preserve the individual character of Bury’s work and particularly to make no change in the scale or emphasis of his History.”
Chronological Table pp. 837-849. Notes and References pp. 851-900. Index pp. 901-925. Total pages 926, with 8 maps and plans and 209 figures.