Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece

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by Don Nardo
     
 

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Go back to the dawn of recorded time and discover the extraordinary history of our world. Explore the many aspects of the oldest civilizations-from religion and politics to home life and warfare. Come away with a sense of wonder at the amazing accomplishments of the people who lived thousands of years ago and marvel at their effect on our lives today.

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Go back to the dawn of recorded time and discover the extraordinary history of our world. Explore the many aspects of the oldest civilizations-from religion and politics to home life and warfare. Come away with a sense of wonder at the amazing accomplishments of the people who lived thousands of years ago and marvel at their effect on our lives today.

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:
9781590185247
Publisher:
Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date:
09/17/2004
Series:
History Makers
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 15 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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Guest More than 1 year ago
Once more, historian Don Nardo has delivered a superior piece of histrical writing. The author of dozens of books for young people about the ancient world, he has a style that is simultaneously concise, highly informational, and engaging. And his work is always well documented and up to date. This volume is no exception. It is a wonderful compendium of general facts about ancient Greece, its city-states and kingdoms, its leaders, weapons and battles, social and political customs, mythology and religious beliefs, and much more, all couched in language accessible for as young as junior-high school readers and comprehensive enough for non-scholarly adults. I wish my school could afford to buy a copy of it for every one of my students. As it is, I am using it myself as a supplementary reference. Bravo.