The Penguin Historical Atlas of Greece

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Charting topics as diverse as Minoan civilization, the Persian Wars, the Golden Age of Athens, and the conquests of Alexander the Great, the atlas traces the development of this creative and restless people and assesses their impact not only on the ancient world but also on our own attitudes and environment today.

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Overview

Charting topics as diverse as Minoan civilization, the Persian Wars, the Golden Age of Athens, and the conquests of Alexander the Great, the atlas traces the development of this creative and restless people and assesses their impact not only on the ancient world but also on our own attitudes and environment today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140513356
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Series: Hist Atlas Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 434,379
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Timelines
Part I: Crete, Mycenae and the Heroic Age
Origins
King Minos and Knossos
The Mycenaean World
Bronze Age Trade
The Sea Peoples Controversy
The Collapse of Mycenae
The Trojan Wars
Minoan and Mycenaean Art
Part II: Dark Age to Athenian Ascendancy
Dark Age Greece
Rise of the City-States
Migration and Colonization
Egypt and Kyrenaica
The Greeks in Italy
Rise of the Tyrants
Athens Ascendant
The Classical Myths
Part III: The Persian Rival
Persia and the West
Kingdom of Macedonia
Persian Campaigns I
Persian Campaigns II
The Continuing Rivalry
The Rise of Sparta
Ancient Explorers
Greek Literature and Thought
Part IV: Perikles to Philip
Perikles and the Athenian Empire
Peloponnesian War - the Aegean
Peloponnesian War - Sicily
Sparta and Thebes
Kingdoms of Northern Greece
Decline of Athens
Philip and Macedonian Expansion
Greek Warfare
Part V: Alexander and After
Campaigns of Alexander
Alexander the General
Alexander's Spoils
Consolidation of the Kingdoms
New Kingdoms, New Rivalries
Kingdoms in Crisis
Roman Conquest
Architechture of Ancient Greece
Further Reading
Index
Acknowledgments

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  • Posted October 25, 2012

    In the study of Ancient Greece, there should always be reference

    In the study of Ancient Greece, there should always be reference material that helps guide the reader/student through the history in a way that helps the historical events sink in and take root. The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece by Robert Morkot is one of those valuable resources. It opens the world of Ancient Greece in a vivid and concise manner.

    This is not a work that is dry and boring. It does not give every detail of Ancient Greece life and history. What it does give you will not be quickly forgotten.

    Morkot divides his book into five parts with a colorful timeline leading the way. The timeline gives not only the Greek history but also that of Europe and the Mediterranean areas. Each section has maps that are detailed with lines, arrows, colors, and extremely descriptive of the time and the events.

    Literature, wars, architecture, and leaders are all discussed. They are not glossed over nor are they discussed in depth. The subjects are concise to keep the book thin and easy to carry with other material and to help round out curriculum and libraries.

    It is written in an easy to read style that helps the student better understand the Greek Dark Age or the rise of Sparta. Every aspect of Ancient Greek history and society is discussed including that of the role of women and daily life in Athens and Sparta.

    Discussions of Greek art, plays, and philosophy are not missed. Explanations of battle strategies and political reforms are laid out as well as controversial topics such as Atlantis and the Sea People theory. Nothing is missed.

    This is an excellent piece of reference material that any ancient historical library should contain. It is not a piece to stand alone, but is made to accompany other works that delve much deeper into the Ancient Greek history. The maps alone are worth it as few historical works add enough images to help the reader see the events instead of just reading about them. It helps the world of Ancient Greece from the Minoans through the age of Alexander the Great and into Ancient Rome come alive.

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