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The ancient Greeks for dummies

Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley ; Chichester : John Wiley [distributor], 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The civilisation of the Ancient Greeks has been immensely influential on the language, politics, educational systems, philosophy, science and arts of Western culture. As well as instigating itself as the birthplace of the Olympics, Ancient Greece is famous for its literature, philosophy, mythology and the beautiful architecture- to which thousands of tourists flock every year.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Batchelor
ISBN: 9780470987872 0470987871
OCLC Number: 861274596
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxii, 352 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. Part I: Travelling Back in Time. Chapter 1: When, Where, What, Who? Meeting the Ancient Greeks. Chapter 2: Encountering Prehistoric Civilisations: The Minoans and Mycenaeans. Chapter 3: Shedding Light on Ancient Greece's Dark Ages. Chapter 4: Governing by Kings, Tyrants, and (Eventually) Democrats. Chapter 5: Fighting and Warring: Greece Gets Heavy. Chapter 6: East versus West: The Persian Wars. Part II: Athens to Alexander: The Rise and Fall of Empires. Chapter 7: Athens and Empire Building. Chapter 8: Dealing with the Neighbours from Hell: The Peloponnesian War. Chapter 9: Losing Their Way: The End of Classical Greece. Chapter 10: Rising Quickly to the Top: Macedonia. Chapter 11: Crowning the Undefeated Champion of the World: Alexander the Great. Chapter 12: What Happened Next? Part III: Living a Greek Life. Chapter 13: Out in the Fields: Farming, Herding, and Travelling. Chapter 14: Home and Family. Chapter 15: Going About Daily Life in Ancient Greece. Chapter 16: Plays and Pugilism: Enjoying Ancient Greek Entertainment. Chapter 17: Depicting Men, Women, and Gods in Art. Chapter 18: Building Beautiful Greek Architecture. Part IV: Mythology, Religion, and Belief. Chapter 19: Going Back to the Beginning: Myths and Gods. Chapter 20: Blending Myth and History: Troy, Homer, and Heroes. Chapter 21: Practising Everyday Religion: 'A God Put It in My Heart to Say'. Chapter 22: Trying to Figure Everything Out: Greek Philosophy. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 23: Ten Great Greek Inventions. Chapter 24: Ten Things to Read Next. Chapter 25: Ten Dodgy Ancient Greek Characters. Chapter 26: Ten Great Places to Visit. Index.
Responsibility: by Stephen Batchelor.

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