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The Greek achievement : the foundation of the Western world

Author: Charles Freeman
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Charles Freeman's The Greek Achievement is the first book in a generation to trace 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. Celebrating the Greeks and their enduring legacy to the world, Freeman's account explores this incredibly rich and varied cultural  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Freeman, Charles, 1947-
Greek achievement.
New York : Viking, 1999
(OCoLC)747117360
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Freeman
ISBN: 0670885150 9780670885152 014029323X 9780140293234
OCLC Number: 40813478
Description: xvii, 494 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Recreating the world of Ancient Greece --
The formation of the Greek world --
Homer's world: heroes and the coming of the city-state --
An expanding world: 800-500 B.C. --
New identities: the consolidation of the city-state --
Underlying patterns: land and slavery --
Underlying patterns: spiritual life --
Revolution in wisdom: new directions in the archaic age --
Creating the barbarian: the Persian wars --
The fifth century: the politics of power 479-404 B.C. --
The Athenian democracy --
Homage to Dionysus: the drama festivals --
Man is the measure: philosophers and speculators, 450-330 B.C. --Relationships --
Transitions: the Greek world in the fourth century B.C. --
Alexander --
The Hellenistic world --
Mathematics, science, and medicine --
The Greeks and Rome --
The Greeks in the Roman Empire --
Conclusion: the Greek achievement.
Responsibility: Charles Freeman.

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"Charles Freeman's The Greek Achievement is the first book in a generation to trace 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. Celebrating the Greeks and their enduring legacy to the world, Freeman's account explores this incredibly rich and varied cultural heritage."--Jacket.

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