The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization
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The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization

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"The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization" is a unique introduction to the world of Homer, Plato, and Aristophanes, written by the world's premier chronicler of ancient Greek life and culture. Blending personal history and meticulous scholarship, Paul Cartledge, Professor of Greek History at Cambridge University, tells the unforgettable story of classical Greece's rise and fal...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by TV Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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This was an enjoyable quick read. Each chapter focuses on an aspect of Greek history by examining a historical figure who reflects that aspect. Despite Cartledge's stated goal to shine light on times and places other than 5th century BC Athens, it still receives a disproportionate share of the attention.

There are some odd choices for the art here - most of it is 19th century paintings of classical themes. I would much rather see actual Greek art, even if that means a bunch of pottery.

Also, due...more
Michael Steger
An excellent introductory-level overview, using biographies of notable figures as a means of approaching Greek culture, from Homer to Alexander. Elegantly written and not without humor.
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Paul Anthony Cartledge is the 1st A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge University, having previously held a personal chair in Greek History at Cambridge. He was educated at St Paul's School & New College, Oxford where he took his 1st degree & completed his doctoral thesis in Spartan archaeology in 1975 under Prof. Sir John Boardman. After a period at the University of War...more
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