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The Greek Achievement: The Foundation of the Western World

by Charles Freeman

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Charles Freeman's The Greek Achievement traces the entire course of ancient Greek history across thousands of years--from the Mycenaean and Minoan civilizations of the Bronze Age through the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods. This brilliant account celebrates the incredible range of Greek achievement: the architectural marvels of the Athenian Acropolis; the birth of drama and the timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles; Homer's epics; the philosophical revolutions of Plato and Aristotle; and the conquests of Alexander the Great. Lavishly illustrated with photographs and maps, The Greek Achievement paints a sweeping panorama of the ancient Greeks' world and provides a rich, contemporary overview of their enduring contribution to world civilization.… (more)
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    Sailing the Wine-dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter by Thomas Cahill (gmicksmith)
    gmicksmith: These two volumes, although different in treatment and scope, do cover similar ground and make an interesting comparison.
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One of the best summaries of why the Greeks are important for us to consider. The achievements of the ancient Greeks form the cornerstone of Western civilization. The work traces the entire course of ancient Greek history across thousands of years--from the Mycenaean and Minoan civilizations of the Bronze Age through the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods. This account celebrates the incredible range of Greek achievement: the architectural marvels of the Athenian Acropolis; the birth of drama and the timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles; Homer's epics; the philosophical revolutions of Plato and Aristotle; and the conquests of Alexander the Great.
1 vote gmicksmith | Oct 18, 2016 |
"Greece 101" for my upcoming vacation. My school exposure to Ancient Greece was spotty at best, so this comprehensive but brisk volume seems just right. I like that it reaches back to the Archaic period, then covers both the Classical and Hellenistic. He claims balance in his approach, avoiding the apparent trend of uncritical praise for all things Greek by many past scholars. Slavery is one topic he is careful to illuminate. Athenian democracy, hero worship, drama, medicine, war. It's all here. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Feb 25, 2016 |
An overview of Greek culture.
  jerry-book | Jan 26, 2016 |
Freeman by Clare London is a reissue of a novel I enjoyed so much the first time around that I’m pleased to help introduce it to a new audience. It offers a melancholy, intensely emotional vibe – sort of a British noir fiction. Freeman is our viewpoint character, but he’s a mysteriously self-contained man who doesn’t reveal much about his plans or past to the reader. This creates an air of suspense, as if his past is so painful and his future is so uncertain that he cannot dwell upon it. It is also fascinating to follow him through his story and piece together his overall dilemma. Meanwhile, the plotting itself is satisfyingly intricate, and his relationship with the endearing Kit is tender and involving.

The story starts with Freeman returning to an unnamed city, which is probably London. He has a complicated and shady past with possible ties to the underworld as well as painful ties to an ex-wife and an ex-lover. He used to work as a freelance “finder” (of people, objects, and information) for the increasingly corrupt George Marshall into whose orbit he now carefully insinuates himself. Freeman is on a mission of vengeance. Unfortunately, George now has an alluring young man Kit entangled in his criminal enterprises, and George has noticed Freeman’s protective instincts toward Kit. Freeman must pull off his plan while looking out for Kit. ( )
  AReCafe | May 23, 2014 |
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If there is one icon (Greek eikon, an image or likeness) that stands for ancient Greece and its leading city-state of the fifth century B.C., Athens, it is the Parthenon, the temple dedicated to Athena, as maiden, parthenos, which rises in splendor on the Acropolis of Athens.
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Charles Freeman's The Greek Achievement traces the entire course of ancient Greek history across thousands of years--from the Mycenaean and Minoan civilizations of the Bronze Age through the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods. This brilliant account celebrates the incredible range of Greek achievement: the architectural marvels of the Athenian Acropolis; the birth of drama and the timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles; Homer's epics; the philosophical revolutions of Plato and Aristotle; and the conquests of Alexander the Great. Lavishly illustrated with photographs and maps, The Greek Achievement paints a sweeping panorama of the ancient Greeks' world and provides a rich, contemporary overview of their enduring contribution to world civilization.

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