The story of the Athenian Golden Age by one of the world's pre-eminent classical historians.
The Golden Age of ancient Greek city-state civilization lasted from 490 to 336 BC, the period between the first wars against Persia and Carthage and the accession of Alexander the Great. Never has there been such a multiplication of talents and genius within so limited a period and Michael Grant captures this astonishing civilization at the height of its powers.
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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.
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.