The Ancient Greek World

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Jennifer Roberts and Tracy Barrett bring together their respective mastery of scholarship and storytelling to tell the history of a place, a people, and a culture that has left some of the most beautiful art, the greatest stories, and the most magnificent cities and buildings that the world has ever known. The Ancient Greek World uses primary sources such as Homer's Odyssey, Herodotus' Histories, a Minoan drinking cup, and a child's grave epitaph to present a balanced and lively narrative history of ancient ...
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Overview


Jennifer Roberts and Tracy Barrett bring together their respective mastery of scholarship and storytelling to tell the history of a place, a people, and a culture that has left some of the most beautiful art, the greatest stories, and the most magnificent cities and buildings that the world has ever known. The Ancient Greek World uses primary sources such as Homer's Odyssey, Herodotus' Histories, a Minoan drinking cup, and a child's grave epitaph to present a balanced and lively narrative history of ancient Greece. A chronology, cast of characters, maps, pronunciation table, further reading, and index supplement the main text.

Introduces the history, culture, and people of ancient Greece and examines its many contributions to the development of Western society.

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"A thoroughly researched political and cultural history. The writing is lively, often using humorous titles for chapters and sidebars: Always Look a Gift Horse in the Belly: The Trojan War, Everybodys Got a Sore Spot (referring to Achilles). Extensive quotes from primary sources, attractive page layouts, numerous good-quality color photographs of ruins and artifacts, plus the infusion of humor make for a palatable, solid resource for any collection. Included are a time line, a lengthy list for further reading, and Web sites." -- School Library Journal, August 2004

"In the wake of Joy Hakim's fabulous A History of US, the publishers are pairing historians and novelists for similarly readable, meaty tours of more ancient cultures. Here, paying particular attention to the roles of women and repeatedly noting that the cultural and economic achievements of the Greek citystates rested solidly on the backs of farmers and slaves, the authors trace the rise and fall of Crete, Mycenae, Classical Greece, and Alexander's empire, interspersing topical chapters, illuminating side notes, and even an interview with a working archaeologist. Photos of artifacts and ruins, plus an admixture of carefully identified Renaissance art, support it all nicely....For clarity, scholarship, and readability, it rises easily past the general run of assignment titles." -- Kirkus Reviews

"With the continuing discoveries of archaeologists and researchers, history is constantly changing...and so is learning about history thanks to this series." --Growing Minds

"For fans of Joy Hakim's wonderful History of US series, Oxford University Press is publishing The World in Ancient Times, the multi-volume world history equivalent....This series is a great idea." -- Home Education

School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-A thoroughly researched political and cultural history. The writing is lively, often using humorous titles for chapters and sidebars: "Always Look a Gift Horse in the Belly: The Trojan War," "Everybody's Got a Sore Spot" (referring to Achilles). Extensive quotes from primary sources, attractive page layouts, numerous good-quality color photographs of ruins and artifacts, plus the infusion of humor make for a palatable, solid resource for any collection. Included are a time line, a lengthy list for further reading, and Web sites-a few are not readily accessible, unfortunately, but those that are, are very useful.-Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukie, OR Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In the wake of Joy Hakim's fabulous A History of US, the publishers are pairing historians and novelists for similarly readable, meaty tours of more ancient cultures. Here, paying particular attention to the roles of women and repeatedly noting that the cultural and economic achievements of the Greek city-states rested solidly on the backs of farmers and slaves, the authors trace the rise and fall of Crete, Mycenae, Classical Greece, and Alexander's empire, interspersing topical chapters, illuminating side notes, and even an interview with a working archaeologist. Photos of artifacts and ruins, plus an admixture of carefully identified Renaissance art, support it all nicely. Leavened with engagingly informal commentary-"It's very tempting for someone who isn't governed by any laws to get a little relaxed about the difference between right and wrong"-and capped with substantial supporting lists of books and Web sites, this may not measure up to the likes of John McK Camp's World of the Ancient Greeks (2002) in the visuals department, but for clarity, scholarship, and readability, it rises easily past the general run of assignment titles. (timeline, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195156966
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/29/2004
  • Series: World in Ancient Times Series
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 685,901
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Roberts is Professor of Classics and History at the City College of New York and the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Tracy Barrett is the author of numerous books for young readers, including the award-winning Anna of Byzantium (Laureleaf, 2000) and Cold in Summer (Henry Holt, 2003). She teaches courses on writing for children and on children's literature and is on the faculty of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Table of Contents

Cast of Characters 9
Map of Greek Settlements at the Death of Alexander the Great 12
Introduction: The Glory that Was Greece 14
Herodotus
Thucydides
Chapter 1 What's a Greek? Greece and Greeks 17
Homer
Chapter 2 Gods, Priests, and Oracles: Greek Religion 22
Homer
Chapter 3 Mysterious Minoans: The Earliest Greeks 28
The Palace of Knossos
Thucydides
Chapter 4 A Great Civilization is Born: Mighty Mycenaeans 35
Linear B tablet from the Palace of Knossos
Chapter 5 Always Look a Gift Horse in the Belly: The Trojan War 40
Homer
Hissarlik
Chapter 6 Sing, Muse: Early Poets 45
Homer
Hesiod
Archilochus
Sappho
Chapter 7 Greece Spreads its Wings: Colonies and City-States 50
An inscription of a Greek law from Cyrene
Homer
Chapter 8 Who's in Charge Here? The Rise of Athens 56
Solon
Herodotus
A popular Athenian song
Chapter 9 "A Living Possession": Slavery 62
Crates
Xenophon
Aristotle
Chapter 10 Growing up Greek: Greek Childhood 68
Aristotle
Plato
An epitaph for a little girl
Chapter 11 "A Shadowy Existence": The Women of Ancient Greece 73
Euripides
Plato
Homer
Hesiod
Semonides
Xenophon
Phintys
Chapter 12 The Spartan Experiment: Daily Life in Ancient Sparta 81
Xenophon
Plutarch
Herodotus
Menander
Chapter 13 "Woe to the Land of Persia!": The Persian Empire and Its War with Greece 87
Herodotus
Aeschylus
Chapter 14 "The Hands of the Many": Democracy in Athens 93
Pericles
Isocrates
Aeschines
Chapter 15 Hoplites and Triremes: Warfare 99
Tyrtaeus
Homer
Plutarch
Xenophon
Euripides
Chapter 16 The Greek World War: The Peloponnesian War 105
Plutarch
Pericles
Xenophon
Chapter 17 Take two Vulture's Eggs and Call me in the Morning: Science and Medicine 111
Plutarch
Hippocrates
Chapter 18 "Freed from the Clash of Arms": The Olympic Games 118
Bacchylides
Athenaeus
Pausanias
Chapter 19 Striving for Perfection: The Visual Arts 123
Aristotle
A Minoan drinking cup
Protagoras
Kleobis and Biton
The Parthenon
Polykleitos
Chapter 20 "All the World's a Stage": Greek Drama 130
Sophocles
Chapter 21 Going to School: Greek Education 137
Hyperides
Plato
Aristotle
Chapter 22 How Do We Know what We Know? Greek Philosophy 143
Socrates
Aristophanes
Chapter 23 Two Philosophers: Plato and Aristotle 148
Plato
Aristotle
Chapter 24 "A Pestilent Man": Philip of Macedon 154
Isocrates
Demosthenes
Plutarch
Diodorus Siculus
Chapter 25 Worlds to Conquer: Alexander the Great 159
Plutarch
Arrian
Chapter 26 But is it Still Greek? The Hellenistic World 164
Altar of Zeus at Pergamum
Herodotus
Epilogue: The Greek Legacy 171
Timeline 176
Further Reading 180
Websites 183
Index 184
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