This compelling reference presents the history of ancient Greece-the culture that brought us democracy, the Olympics, Socrates, and Alexander the Great-through gripping stories: the rise and fall of the phenomenal empire, the powerful legacy left by ancient Greece for the modern world, the new discoveries shedding light on these ancient people that are still so much with us. Greek art and architecture dominate our cities; modern military strategists still study and employ Hellenic war tactics; Greek poetry, plays, and philosophy are widely read and enjoyed; and science, mathematics, medicine, and astronomy all build on the fundamentals of early Greek thinking. Gain fascinating insights into Greek island living, ancient social networking, and the extreme priority Greeks placed on athletic competition. Learn of spectacular discoveries such as buried palaces, the Uluburun shipwreck, and the earliest writing ever found in Europe. A stunning treasure, this uniquely comprehensive and accessible history of ancient Greece is perfect for anyone interested in the origins of our modern world.
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"Pam Ward gives this brief, popularly written history of ancient Greece (the text of an illustrated book, here without the illustrations) an amiable, energetic, and attentive narration. Her voice is reminiscent of a 1950s TV mom, but her light tone and amused congeniality don't negate the intelligent care she brings to interpreting the text. She shapes intonation and emphasis to provide great clarity to the listener. She's especially adept at giving the text's frequent jokiness a properly droll tone while maintaining a fundamental seriousness. When given the occasional chance to act (as in quotations), she emotes admirably. Ward accurately renders and even betters the text of this Ancient Greek History 101, conveying its breeziness while keeping it anchored. W.M. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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