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The Ancient Greek World : World in Ancient Times - Jennifer T. Roberts

The Ancient Greek World

World in Ancient Times

Hardcover Published: 6th May 2004
ISBN: 9780195156966
Number Of Pages: 190
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old

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Jennifer Roberts, of the City University of New York, and Tracy Barrett, author of historical fiction for young adults, 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.

"A thoroughly researched political and cultural history. The writing is lively, often using humorous titles for chapters and sidebars: Always Look a Gift Horse in the Belly: The Trojan War, Everybodys Got a Sore Spot (referring to Achilles). Extensive quotes from primary sources, attractive page layouts, numerous good-quality color photographs of ruins and artifacts, plus the infusion of humor make for a palatable, solid resource for any collection. Included are a time line, a lengthy list for further reading, and Web sites." -- School Library Journal, August 2004 "In the wake of Joy Hakim's fabulous A History of US, the publishers are pairing historians and novelists for similarly readable, meaty tours of more ancient cultures. Here, paying particular attention to the roles of women and repeatedly noting that the cultural and economic achievements of the Greek citystates rested solidly on the backs of farmers and slaves, the authors trace the rise and fall of Crete, Mycenae, Classical Greece, and Alexander's empire, interspersing topical chapters, illuminating side notes, and even an interview with a working archaeologist. Photos of artifacts and ruins, plus an admixture of carefully identified Renaissance art, support it all nicely....For clarity, scholarship, and readability, it rises easily past the general run of assignment titles." -- Kirkus Reviews "With the continuing discoveries of archaeologists and researchers, history is constantly changing...and so is learning about history thanks to this series." --Growing Minds "For fans of Joy Hakim's wonderful History of US series, Oxford University Press is publishing The World in Ancient Times, the multi-volume world history equivalent....This series is a great idea." -- Home Education

Cast of Charactersp. 9
Map of Greek Settlements at the Death of Alexander the Greatp. 12
Introduction: The Glory that Was Greecep. 14
Herodotus
Thucydides
What's a Greek? Greece and Greeksp. 17
Homer
Gods, Priests, and Oracles: Greek Religionp. 22
Homer
Mysterious Minoans: The Earliest Greeksp. 28
The Palace of Knossos
Thucydides
A Great Civilization is Born: Mighty Mycenaeansp. 35
Linear B tablet from the Palace of Knossos
Always Look a Gift Horse in the Belly: The Trojan Warp. 40
Homer
Hissarlik
Sing, Muse: Early Poetsp. 45
Homer
Hesiod
Archilochus
Sappho
Greece Spreads its Wings: Colonies and City-Statesp. 50
An inscription of a Greek law from Cyrene
Homer
Who's in Charge Here? The Rise of Athensp. 56
Solon
Herodotus
A popular Athenian song
"A Living Possession": Slaveryp. 62
Crates
Xenophon
Aristotle
Growing up Greek: Greek Childhoodp. 68
Aristotle
Plato
An epitaph for a little girl
"A Shadowy Existence": The Women of Ancient Greecep. 73
Euripides
Plato
Homer
Hesiod
Semonides
Xenophon
Phintys
The Spartan Experiment: Daily Life in Ancient Spartap. 81
Xenophon
Plutarch
Herodotus
Menander
"Woe to the Land of Persia!": The Persian Empire and Its War with Greecep. 87
Herodotus
Aeschylus
"The Hands of the Many": Democracy in Athensp. 93
Pericles
Isocrates
Aeschines
Hoplites and Triremes: Warfarep. 99
Tyrtaeus
Homer
Plutarch
Xenophon
Euripides
The Greek World War: The Peloponnesian Warp. 105
Plutarch
Pericles
Xenophon
Take two Vulture's Eggs and Call me in the Morning: Science and Medicinep. 111
Plutarch
Hippocrates
"Freed from the Clash of Arms": The Olympic Gamesp. 118
Bacchylides
Athenaeus
Pausanias
Striving for Perfection: The Visual Artsp. 123
Aristotle
A Minoan drinking cup
Protagoras
Kleobis and Biton
The Parthenon
Polykleitos
"All the World's a Stage": Greek Dramap. 130
Sophocles
Going to School: Greek Educationp. 137
Hyperides
Plato
Aristotle
How Do We Know what We Know? Greek Philosophyp. 143
Socrates
Aristophanes
Two Philosophers: Plato and Aristotlep. 148
Plato
Aristotle
"A Pestilent Man": Philip of Macedonp. 154
Isocrates
Demosthenes
Plutarch
Diodorus Siculus
Worlds to Conquer: Alexander the Greatp. 159
Plutarch
Arrian
But is it Still Greek? The Hellenistic Worldp. 164
Altar of Zeus at Pergamum
Herodotus
Epilogue: The Greek Legacyp. 171
Timelinep. 176
Further Readingp. 180
Websitesp. 183
Indexp. 184
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ISBN: 9780195156966
ISBN-10: 019515696X
Series: World in Ancient Times
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 190
Published: 6th May 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 19.3  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.74