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Organized chronologically, this book presents a complete picture of Greek civilization as a history. It features sections on the art, architecture, literature, and thought of each period. Names and dates are provided, and cultural achievements and social transformations that accompanied the cascade of historical events are carefully examined.
This comprehensive, balanced treatment of ancient Greece covers its history from the prehistoric through the Mycenaean Period, the Dark Ages, the Classical Period, the Hellenistic, and the absorption of Greek culture by Rome.
For an understanding of Greek history—its culture and the people—as a whole.
1. Introduction: A Small, Far-Off Land.
2. The Foundations of Greek Life.
3. The Greeks before History: 10,000-700 BC.
5. Religion and Myth.
6. Archaic Greece: The Age of Experiment, 700-480 BC.
7. A Tale of Two Archaic Cities: Sparta and Athens, 700-480 BC.
8. The Crisis of 480 BC: Persia, Carthage, and the Greeks.
9. Democracy, Empire, and Culture: Athens and Syracuse, 479-431 BC.
10. The Peloponnesian War and Its Aftermath, 431-399 BC.
11. The Greeks between Persia and Carthage, 399-360 BC.
12. The Macedonians, 359-323 BC.
13. The Hellenistic Century, 323-220 BC.
14. Hellenistic Culture, 323-30 BC.
15. The Coming of Rome, 220-30 BC.
Posted January 9, 2011
This book is written extremely well. The author does an excellent job organizing the chapters and telling the story of the Greeks. If you want to learn about the ancient Greeks, I would highly recommend getting this book. I will definitely be referring back to it in the future, and I can guarantee that I will be reading this book again (and I cannot wait!). I hope this review helps...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.