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Men Of Athens

2.85 of 5 stars 2.85  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Once again, Olivia Coolidge puts flesh and blood on the bones of history. In these short stories that frame the Golden Age of Athens she spreads before the reader a dramatic, highly colored panorama of the times and men who made the glory of Athens' Golden Age.
Here is the barbaric splendor of the Persian court at Sardis; a stirring view of the battle of Salamis; here is T
244 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1962)
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1963 Newbery Honor Book

I did not like this book at all. At first, I was confused as to whether this book was historical fiction or nonfiction. After reading it, I still can't tell so I'm categorizing it as fiction because parts of it definitely seem to be fabricated but it rides that fiction/nonfiction line. This book talks about the rise of Athens, starting with skirmishes with the Persian empire (Darius and Xerxes which I recognize from the Bible) and extending to later wars. I normally applau
Thomas Bell
I thought that this book wasn't that good. I think it was meant to be some sort of fictionalized history of Athens between about 500 and 400 BC. However, the stories really didn't seem very Greek to me. I think the author tried to help kids relate by giving the characters in the book, who by the way are constantly changing as the book is really just a bunch of short stories, personalities common among American kids in the 1960s. Not really that great, and I believe a lot of inaccuracies come fro ...more
I just didn't like this one. Not a bit. One of the things I like about newer books of historical fiction/fictionalized history (or whatever you might classify this as) is that the authors tend to tell you which parts are the facts and which parts are their liberties. That definitely doesn't exist in this book and it is confusing figuring out which characters are historical and which are fictional and which events might have really happened. On top of that, I found the stories boring. So for her ...more
Scott Williams
The golden age - 500 to 400 B.C.
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Olivia Coolidge was born in London, England, in 1908. She received her education at Somerville College, Oxford University, where her main subjects included Latin, Greek, and philosophy. These studies helped her earn her place in the pantheon of children's literature through her mythological re-tellings demonstrating careful research and the adroit capacity to bring the past to life.
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