The Ancient Greek World

The Ancient Greek World

by Jennifer T. Roberts, Tracy Barrett

Hardcover(Library Edition)

$36.95

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195156966
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/29/2004
Series: World in Ancient Times Series
Edition description: Library Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 15 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters9
Map of Greek Settlements at the Death of Alexander the Great12
Introduction: The Glory that Was Greece14
Herodotus
Thucydides
Chapter 1What's a Greek? Greece and Greeks17
Homer
Chapter 2Gods, Priests, and Oracles: Greek Religion22
Homer
Chapter 3Mysterious Minoans: The Earliest Greeks28
The Palace of Knossos
Thucydides
Chapter 4A Great Civilization is Born: Mighty Mycenaeans35
Linear B tablet from the Palace of Knossos
Chapter 5Always Look a Gift Horse in the Belly: The Trojan War40
Homer
Hissarlik
Chapter 6Sing, Muse: Early Poets45
Homer
Hesiod
Archilochus
Sappho
Chapter 7Greece Spreads its Wings: Colonies and City-States50
An inscription of a Greek law from Cyrene
Homer
Chapter 8Who's in Charge Here? The Rise of Athens56
Solon
Herodotus
A popular Athenian song
Chapter 9"A Living Possession": Slavery62
Crates
Xenophon
Aristotle
Chapter 10Growing up Greek: Greek Childhood68
Aristotle
Plato
An epitaph for a little girl
Chapter 11"A Shadowy Existence": The Women of Ancient Greece73
Euripides
Plato
Homer
Hesiod
Semonides
Xenophon
Phintys
Chapter 12The Spartan Experiment: Daily Life in Ancient Sparta81
Xenophon
Plutarch
Herodotus
Menander
Chapter 13"Woe to the Land of Persia!": The Persian Empire and Its War with Greece87
Herodotus
Aeschylus
Chapter 14"The Hands of the Many": Democracy in Athens93
Pericles
Isocrates
Aeschines
Chapter 15Hoplites and Triremes: Warfare99
Tyrtaeus
Homer
Plutarch
Xenophon
Euripides
Chapter 16The Greek World War: The Peloponnesian War105
Plutarch
Pericles
Xenophon
Chapter 17Take two Vulture's Eggs and Call me in the Morning: Science and Medicine111
Plutarch
Hippocrates
Chapter 18"Freed from the Clash of Arms": The Olympic Games118
Bacchylides
Athenaeus
Pausanias
Chapter 19Striving for Perfection: The Visual Arts123
Aristotle
A Minoan drinking cup
Protagoras
Kleobis and Biton
The Parthenon
Polykleitos
Chapter 20"All the World's a Stage": Greek Drama130
Sophocles
Chapter 21Going to School: Greek Education137
Hyperides
Plato
Aristotle
Chapter 22How Do We Know what We Know? Greek Philosophy143
Socrates
Aristophanes
Chapter 23Two Philosophers: Plato and Aristotle148
Plato
Aristotle
Chapter 24"A Pestilent Man": Philip of Macedon154
Isocrates
Demosthenes
Plutarch
Diodorus Siculus
Chapter 25Worlds to Conquer: Alexander the Great159
Plutarch
Arrian
Chapter 26But is it Still Greek? The Hellenistic World164
Altar of Zeus at Pergamum
Herodotus
Epilogue: The Greek Legacy171
Timeline176
Further Reading180
Websites183
Index184

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