The Will of Zeus

The Will of Zeus : History of Greece from the Origins of Hellenic Culture to the Death of Alexander

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  • Hardback | 436 pages
  • 127 x 198.12 x 30.48mm | 476.27g
  • Barnes & Noble Inc
  • New York, United States
  • maps
  • 1566195551
  • 9781566195553

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For anyone passionately interested in the ancient Greek world (and this today embraces the increasing numbers of tourists who find that Greece touches some inner chord), here is a book that gives significance to not only Greek culture and history, but vitality to the men who made her what she was, and understanding of the intricate interweaving of legend and history. Modern archaeology has brought these truths to heightened appreciation. In his very choice of a title, Stringfellow Barr has supplied a clue to his approach, and then followed it up with the record of how this unique interrelationship not only came into being, but survived. His story goes back to pre-history- and forward to the death of Alexander. The highpoints of chronological history are here; the great figures not only in this history, but in philosophy; drama, the arts and architecture - they too are here. One finds oneself absorbed in the progress - disturbed by the retrogressions- as Greece, through Athens, through Sparta, through Corinth, through successive leagues embracing various groups and goals, developed those priceless gifts of civilization which have kept her a live force in modern history. Wherever possible, he has chosen to let the Greeks speak for themselves:-Home, Heslod, Sappho, Lycurgus, Solon, Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Socrates, Plato Demosthenes, the great dramatists, the great political figures- all have made their words tell his story. This is no "quickie" but a book which, carefully studied, will give depth to understanding, and a sense of having shared-with his students the experience of reliving the story of Greece. (Kirkus Reviews)show more
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