The Classical Greeks

The Classical Greeks

By (author) Michael Grant

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The golden age of ancient Greek civilization, the Classical period, lasted from 490 to 336 BC and saw an unmatched multiplication of varied talents and genuis within so limited a period. This book concentrates on the individuals in the cultural, social, artistic and political history of this time, who shaped their own and future civilizations. Grant places the work of Sophocles, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Aristotle, the architect and sculptors of the Parthenon, Philip II of Macedonia and many others in their historical context and asks what gave rise to such outstanding achievement in the cultural, philosophical, scientific and literary spheres.

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • 06 Oct 1997
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 53
  • 0753801817
  • 9780753801819

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Michael Grant is a highly successful and renowned historian of the ancient world. He has held many academic posts including those of Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge; Professor of Humanity at Edinburgh University; Vice Chancellor of The Queen's University, Belfast and Vice Chancellor of the University of Khartoum. He is a Doctor of Letters at Dublin and a Doctor of Laws at Belfast. He has also been President of the Classical Association of England, the Virgil Society and the Royal Numismatic Society, and is a Medallist of the Ame

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The brilliance and glory of Greek civilization from the early fifth century B.C. to the rise of Alexander the Great - all masterfully illustrated here by renowned historian Grant through miniature biographies of leading figures, including Themistocles, Aeschylus, Pericles, Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato. The ideals and philosophies that constitute much of the heritage of Western civilization were incubated in the strife-torn Greek city-states during a remarkably brief period of time. Grant argues that it is best to interpret the history of fifth-century Greece "by accepting that its outstanding deeds and thoughts were produced not by communities but by individuals." After all, Grant's use of biographical sketches is itself a technique drawn from antiquity, e.g., Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans. This period saw the defeat of the Persians, the disastrous Peloponnesian Wars, the building of the Parthenon, the trial of Socrates, the founding of the Academy, etc. The reader meets the "Father of History," Herodotus; the creator of tragedy, Aeschylus; and the founder of medical science, Hippocrates. The volume also includes numerous maps and illustrations of Greek art and architecture. Once again, Grant provides a superb popular history - in this case, an introductory study intended as part of a trilogy that includes The Rise of the Greeks (1988) and From Alexander to Cleopatra (1982). (Kirkus Reviews)

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