Ancient Greece and the Mediterranean

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Ancient Greece occupied a strategic position as the central crossroads of the ancient world. It formed a meeting place between the hinterlands of a still undeveloped Europe and the great civilizations of Asia Minor and North Africa. Ancient Greece and the Mediterranean brings alive this fascinating story, beginning with the Cretan civilization of the Minoans. The book recounts the rise of the Greeks and the fate of local warlords, who gradually gave way to an emerging "middle class" merchants, craftsmen, and ...
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Overview

Ancient Greece occupied a strategic position as the central crossroads of the ancient world. It formed a meeting place between the hinterlands of a still undeveloped Europe and the great civilizations of Asia Minor and North Africa. Ancient Greece and the Mediterranean brings alive this fascinating story, beginning with the Cretan civilization of the Minoans. The book recounts the rise of the Greeks and the fate of local warlords, who gradually gave way to an emerging "middle class" merchants, craftsmen, and farmers. It goes on to relate the supreme test of the Greek spirit: the wars with Persia, in which the Greeks forestalled an invasion attempt by the mighty empire to the east. Victory over the Persians ushered in the Golden Age of Athens. Presided over by the statesman Pericles, this era saw a stream of magnificent architectural projects. Pride, however, came before a fall, with Athens's decline from glory and the rise of a northern, hitherto obscure Greek state -- Macedonia. The Macedonian, Alexander the Great, blazed an extraordinary trail of conquests across the Near East and into India. His renown as a conqueror has endured to this day: it also ensured the widest possible scattering of Greed culture, which was ultimately the ancient Greeks' most important legacy to the history of civilization.
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Dig into archeology, geography, and ancient history with these books in a series produced in England with the BBC. Lavishly illustrated with photographs from the British Museum and elsewhere, these slim volumes invite serious readers to explore mysteries of culture, mummification, location, and life many hundreds of years before the Christian era. Scholar-expert authors include captions, maps, and time lines to aid understanding. Perhaps due to length limitations, complexities and controversies regarding the Heinrich Schliemann excavations of the 1800s are dealt with briefly. Discussions of active digs, which might make subject matter more relevant for contemporary teens, are absent. Authors assume some knowledge of subject matter; no glossaries are provided. For example, readers are expected to know the term "cataracts" as used in the physical sciences. Reluctant readers or those new to the subject matter might appreciate DK's Eyewitness series more for its elaborate, lively illustrations, dynamic layouts, and engaging text. Volumes in this BBC series are indexed clearly for reference work. Each includes an annotated list of sources for further investigation. Most are book lists, but Morkot identifies magazines and Web sites as well. For libraries and households already in possession of the Eyewitness series, the BBC grouping could serve as appropriate companions for world history, geography, and some literature classes. Other books in the series cover ancient Rome and the Roman empire and ancient civilizations of the Americas. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Further Reading. Chronology. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with aspecial interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, DK, 96p, $12.95. Ages 11 to 18. Reviewer: Patti Sylvester Spencer SOURCE: VOYA, February 2002 (Vol. 24, No.6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789478320
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1901
  • Edition description: 1ST US
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 7.58 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Kerrigan is a freelance writer based in Edinburgh, specializing in the literature and history of classical Greece. He has written extensively about almost every aspect of archaeology, ancient history, and culture, covering subjects ranging from the rise of the Greek city state to the fall of Rome, from the organization of the Assyrian army to Persian mythology and prehistoric agriculture. He has contributed articles to various periodicals and newspapers, including contributions on classical Athens and on the Celts for the series Lost Civilizations, and on the rise of cities for the series History of the World. He is currently working on a history of torture from classical times to the present day.
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