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Ancient Greece
     

Ancient Greece

by Don Nardo
 

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Ancient Greece reached its height between 500 and 300 BCE, with its roots extending far back to the distant past. The civilization became the birthplace of democracy, a government run for and by the people. Brilliant Greek thinkers led a booming growth in science, philosophy, and the arts.

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Ancient Greece reached its height between 500 and 300 BCE, with its roots extending far back to the distant past. The civilization became the birthplace of democracy, a government run for and by the people. Brilliant Greek thinkers led a booming growth in science, philosophy, and the arts.

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Children's Literature
Greece was never a unified country in ancient times, which is why there was frequent fighting among Greek cities. Learn all about the evolution of Greek warfare in this immensely informative and entertaining book. Chapter titles include Bronze Swords and Charging Chariots, Epaminondas to Alexander: A Revolution in Military Tactics and Greek Warships and their Crews. The chapters also contain fact boxes that address specific topics in greater detail such as Traditional Hoplite Rituals, Hellenistic Fortifications and The Slaughter at Salamis. Maps and intricate battle plans show beautifully in black-and-white presentation while photographs of ancient artifacts appear rather dull. An excellent glossary, bibliography and suggestions for further research are contained at the end. This volume would be marvelous for the reluctant history student or simply the child with an interest in arms and armor. The author, who is a historian, has written many books about the ancient Greek world, including literary companions to the works of Homer and Sophocles. Part of the "History of Weapons and Warfare" series that examines the nature of warfare and how different human societies have been influenced by it. Other titles in the series include Ancient Rome, The Civil War, and The Native Americans. 2003, Lucent Books/The Gale Group,
— Cindy Carolan
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-The history of how the Greeks waged war from the Bronze Age until their conquest by the Romans is presented in a clear, concise text. From chariot warfare through hoplites and phalanxes to the military strategy of Alexander, the author shows their various fighting techniques. Information on naval warfare is also included. Nardo's writing is supported by several quotes from ancient sources and modern scholars; some lengthy quotes are included as sidebars. The frequent black-and-white illustrations include pictures of ancient and modern art, maps, and battle diagrams and are of average quality. The bibliography is divided by major works consulted, modern and ancient sources, and additional works consulted. The list for further reading is annotated. A useful resource.-Lynda S. Poling, Long Beach Public Library, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756545666
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
07/01/2012
Series:
Exploring the Ancient World Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
980L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Historian and award-winning author Don Nardo has written many books for young people about modern history, including studies of the rise of Hitler and Nazism, World War II, international terrorism, and dozens of military topics. In addition, he specializes in ancient history and has published numerous volumes about the histories and cultures of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and peoples of Mesopotamia. Nardo, who also composes and arranges orchestral music, lives with his wife, Christine, in Massachusetts.

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