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Children's LiteratureThis is a nice thirty-two page picture book about the Ancient Greeks. Some topics covered are how Greeks lived, their family life, education, entertainment, "Great Greek Thinkers," and what happened to the Greeks. Interesting sidebars are also included. A colorful map shows the cities of Ancient Greek. Greece is made up of hundreds of islands in the Mediterranean Sea. In ancient times, Greeks lived in parts of present-day Italy and Turkey. Greece's best period was called the Classical Period, about 2,500 years ago. The populous of Greece was divided into three groups. They were the citizens, metics, and slaves. Citizens had the most rights. Metics were men born outside the city, and slaves and women had no rights. Many ancient Greeks were farmers. They grew olives, vegetables, figs, and wheat. They also made wine from grapes. Greek boys went to school from the age of seven. Girls stayed at home and learned how to spin, sew, and run a household. Some great Greek thinkers were Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates. There is an interesting section about "Gods and Goddesses." There are many good facts in this book. Illustrations are in color. A glossary, further resources, and online sites are included. 2005, Compass Point Books, Ages 8 to 12.
—Della A. Yannuzzi