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The Greek Achievement: The Foundation of the Western World
Charles Freeman's The Greek Achievement traces 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. This brilliant account celebrates the incredible range of Greek achievement: the architectural marvels of the Athenian Acropolis; th ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Penguin Books
(first published January 1st 1999)
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Actually a really interesting take on the history of ancient Greece. Fun to read, unlike many of its kind. Goes somewhat briefly into prehistoric Greece, but really kicks into gear with the Archaic period and also covers the Classical and Hellenistic periods really well. Freeman does a good job of not lumping history into time periods, however, and mentions on several occasions the overlap from each era into the next. He does this especially well in terms of putting an end date on Greek civiliza ...more
Read this in preparation for a trip to Greece - and it's a good survey that pays equal attention to straight history along with examination of various aspects of cultural history, including drama, philosophy, mathematics and medicine. I'm not a big fan of military history, so I found some of the chapters focused on the various wars a little slow, but I loved the discussion of Greek theatre and philosophy - Freeman makes me want to revisit Sophocles! Recommended as a good overall introduction to ...more
Loved this book when I took my upper division level Greek History way back in another lifetime of completing my BS. I kept this book and have referred to it from time to time. One of the best texts for a class that I have read and actually enjoyed outside of novels.
Charles Freeman is a freelance academic historian with wide interests in the history of European culture and thought. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Egypt, Greece and Rome, Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean. He has followed this up with The Greek Achievement (Penguin 1999), The Legacy of Ancient Egypt (Facts on File, 1997) and The Closing of the Western Mind, a study of the rela ...moreMore about Charles Freeman...