Ancient Greeks

Ancient Greeks : Creating the Classical Tradition

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"Outstanding individuals have the whole world as their memorial."--Pericles The influence of ancient Greek civilization has been felt throughout modern Western history. Greek ideas can be found in the laws that govern our lives, the buildings in which we live, the books we read, and the vocabulary we use every day. Because these ideas have become so much a part of our daily life, we tend to forget that they originated more than 2,500 years ago. Ancient Greeks chronicles the lives and accomplishments of Greek figures whose influence continues to be felt today. We read about Greeks from all walks of life, including one of the greatest physicians who ever lived, the father of logic, and a brilliant mathematician who once said, "Give me a lever long enough, and a fulcrum strong enough, and I will single-handedly move the world." And move the world he did, but with his ideas, not a mighty fulcrum. In 42 essays, authors Rosalie and Charles Baker explore the lives of many personalities, from the most famous Greeks to people who are usually overlooked, including: Aesop, author of timeless fables that continue to provide lessons today Lycurgus, the legendary ruler of Sparta Plato, the great philosopher who established the Academy in Athens Phidippides, a courier and long-distance runner whose run from Marathon to Athens became the basis of the modern marathon Sappho, one of the best female poets of classical antiquityHippocrates, one of the greatest physicians who ever lived Alcibiades, a patriot-turned-traitor who was exiled from Greece Ictinus, the architect responsible for the design of the Parthenon Aristotle, the father of logic who tutored the teenage Alexander the Great Alexander the Great, who ruled Greece, defeated the great Persian empire, conquered lands bordering the eastern Mediterranean Sea, including Egypt, and won control of lands stretching into India (and all that before his 33rd birthday) Zeno, founder of the philosophy known as Stoicism The biographies span the years 700 B.C. to 200 B.C., from Homer, the master of epic poetry and the author of the Iliad, to Eratosthenes, a brilliant mathematician who was the first to calculate the earth's circumference. A handy fact box that lists birth and death dates and the major accomplishments of each person profiled, abundant photographs and specially commissioned maps, a timeline, a glossary of Greek terms, an index of Greeks by profession, a pronunciation guide, and suggestions for further reading all add to the usefulness of this exceptional reference. With figures from fields as diverse as literature, mathematics, politics, the military, philosophy, and science, Ancient Greeks provides a comprehensive examination of the origins of modern civilization.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 254 pages
  • 208.28 x 274.32 x 22.86mm | 907.18g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • illustrations, maps
  • 0195099400
  • 9780195099409

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"Every page... is a feast of information... Absolutely everything about this book is first-rate.... Include[s] so many interesting and informative anecdotes and are written in such a clear and engaging style that they beg to be read aloud... Should be in every middle-school and high-school library [and] deserve[s] a place of honor in the classroom library of anyone who teaches younger students about the ancient Mediterranean world."--Classical Outlook"An excellent collection, with over forty essays exploring the lives of Greek personalities. The biographies span the years 700 BC to 200 BC, and form the foundation for a fine overview of ancient Greek lives and concerns. Packed with insights and information."--Children's Bookwatch"A unique and invaluable collective biography.... This is an outstanding resource that is comprehensive and extremely readable.... The Bakers' encyclopedic knowledge of their subject and their respect for the intelligence of their audience are evident on every page."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"Well-written and well-organized.... An accessible, useful collective biography for modern readers."--School Library Journal"Using a combination of lively writing, numerous illustrations, and solid background information, the authors profile 37 men and women of ancient Greece.... Each profile contains extensive biographical information and a fascinating discussion of the significance of the individual. An excellent resource for both high-school and young adult collections."--Booklist"An extremely fascinating and readable reference, which chronicles the lives and contributions of ancient Greek writers, mathematicians, statesmen, artists, and scientists... More than 37 personalities come alive in the pages of this book...Thoughtful and stimulating quotations punctuate the chapters... This highly organized text is an invaluable handbook to Latin and Greek studies at the secondary level. It is also an excellent ancillary resource for the middle schools... What is so appealing about this book is its adaptability to all aspects of the curriculum... [The Bakers'] insight and inviting presentations... will bring a spark to your classroom presentations and your studies of the ancient world."--New England Classical Journal"Ancient Greeks brings to life philosophers, statespeople, dramatists, poets, and scientists whose impact on Western civilization is still evident. The work is recommended for middle school, high school, and public libraries."--American Reference Books Annualshow more

About Rosalie F Baker

Rosalie F. and Charles F. Baker III are the editors of Calliope and both are former teachers. Charles Baker is currently an administrator for the New Bedford public schools in Massachusetts.show more

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