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The Golden Age of ancient Greek city-state civilization lasted from 490 to 336 B.C., the period between the first wars against Persia and Carthage and the ascension of Alexander the Great. Never has there been such a multiplication of talents and genius within so limited a period. An astonishing period caught at the height of its powers by an eminent historian.
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The Golden Age of ancient Greek city-state civilization lasted from 490 to 336 B.C., the period between the first wars against Persia and Carthage and the ascension of Alexander the Great. Never has there been such a multiplication of talents and genius within so limited a period. An astonishing period caught at the height of its powers by an eminent historian.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Grant blows the dust off our time-worn images of the classical Greeks. He comments on the playwright Euripides: ``His characters have become all too familiar to modern psychologists.'' And on Herodotus: ``Viewed as a writer, not as a historian, he is nothing short of a genius.'' This is no ordinary chronicle. Grant avoids overemphasis on the Greek mainland (and on Athens in particular), giving us instead the cultural contributions of a medley of city-states in the Greek empire. Then too, he believes that the Greeks' major achievements ``were mainly the work of less than 40 outstanding men.'' Some of these are readily familiar--Socrates, Aristophanes, etc.--others less so, like Archytas of Taras, who combined in one person the roles of general, political leader, mathematician, Pythagorean philosopher and student of acoustics. This wonderfully readable history falls chronologically between Grant's The Rise of the Greeks and From Alexander to Cleopatra. Illustrated. (Oct.)
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Eminent historian Grant surveys the golden age of Greece through essays on 37 figures and their historical context from the early fifth to the middle fourth centuries B.C. The very readable text is accessible to the general reader, but also provides authoritative insights for the specialized historian. The notes are particularly well designed. Further essays discuss women, slaves, foreigners, and Pythagorianism. Includes 16 pages of b&w plates, and 7 maps. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780684191263
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 10/1/1989
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Pages: 352

Meet the Author

Michael Grant
Michael Grant

Michael Grant is the cocreator and cowriter of the bestselling middle-grade science fiction series Animorphs and Everworld. He lives in California with his wife, Katherine Applegate, and their two children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2008

    For Students of Classical Greece

    Ponderous reading, loaded with names, even serious readers will find this tough going. The gist of it, is that the Greek society was able to establish leisure time, and with leisure time came the ability to do deductive thinking, ponder and teach others. There was a burst of creativity, in the arts, and the beginnings of Democracy, through the realization that co-operation was essential to power and freedom from attack in a time of many wars. I would not have read this book in my precious leisure time, except it was chosen as a beginning book for a reading group, focused on the beginnings of Democracy. The author has a fantastic knwledge of the Greeks but, for those not great students of the era , the preponderance of names, and events even with a time line, is tough reading. Someone with the ability to write a novel, could really glean a great historical novel out of this period of time, that would teach the period in a much easier way. For the above reason only, I decided to give it only a three star, since most leisure readers will find it not to their liking.

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    Awesome....! Awful..!

    Awesome....! Awful..!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    You have the wrong Michael Grant as author of this work in your

    You have the wrong Michael Grant as author of this work in your Meet the Author. As your Booknews reviewer says, he was a great historian, not this retired policeman turned novelist. You need to correct your mistake. This is a great author and this is one of his fine books on the ancient world, his academic specialty at Cambridge and other universities for many years. I believe he has passed on now.

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