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A dictionary of the ancient Greek world

Author: David Sacks; Oswyn Murray; Margaret Bunson
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"More than four thousand years ago, a warrior people invaded the rugged hills and fertile plains of the Balkan Peninsula. These people were the ancient Greeks, and their legacy to modern global society is immense. The Greeks invented democracy, narrative history writing, stage tragedy and comedy, philosophy, biological study, and political theory. They introduced the alphabet to European languages and they developed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dictionaries
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Sacks; Oswyn Murray; Margaret Bunson
ISBN: 9780195112061 0195112067
OCLC Number: 35159270
Notes: Previously published under title: Encyclopedia of the ancient Greek world.
Description: xiii, 306 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Other Titles: Encyclopedia of the ancient Greek world
Ancient Greek world
Responsibility: David Sacks ; historical consultant, Oswyn Murray ; original drawings by Margaret Bunson.
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"More than four thousand years ago, a warrior people invaded the rugged hills and fertile plains of the Balkan Peninsula. These people were the ancient Greeks, and their legacy to modern global society is immense. The Greeks invented democracy, narrative history writing, stage tragedy and comedy, philosophy, biological study, and political theory. They introduced the alphabet to European languages and they developed monumental styles of architecture still used throughout the United States for museums, courthouses, and other public buildings. They created a system of sports competitions and a cult of physical fitness, both of which we have inherited. In sculpture, they perfected the representation of the human body. In geometry, they developed theorems and terminology that are still taught in schools. They created the idea of national literature, with its recognized great writers and the libraries to preserve their work. And, perhaps what most people would think of first, the Greeks bequeathed to us their treasure trove of myths, including a hero who remains a favorite today -- Hercules."--Publisher.

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