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The Greeks: History, Culture, and Society

3.14 of 5 stars 3.14  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Creased cover, top edge moisture creased, unmarked
Paperback, 558 pages
Published July 5th 2009 by Prentice Hall (first published June 25th 2009)
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When I began this book I genuinely thought that I would fill the gaps I have in the knowledge of antiquity Greece; I was mistaken. The book makes a good start, dealing with the evolution of the country that is now Greece and it’s surrounding areas. However; after the first fifteen chapters - of a total of twenty five - there is a shift in theme: it goes from being about life in Greece and surrounding areas, to become a retelling of historical events where Greece is mostly an afterthought. A word ...more
The most basic and rudimentary introduction to Ancient Greek history, and would barely serve a lower high school class.

The textbook is interested in maintaining the gross norms in classical studies, no interest in a post-colonial approach.

The only reason you would pick this up is for required reading, and seriously save yourself the bother and use Wikipedia to supplement your in class learning.
The authors are obviously confused about who their audience is. This book has a high lexile level, yet the authors manage to think their audience are either pre-high school or imbeciles. They go so far as to define the words oligarchy and monarchy. It is not a smooth read or overly enlightening. Worse, my biggest thoughts on it were 'This needs to be killed with fire'. Now that I no longer have to use it for a graduate level class, that is exactly what I will be doing.
Catherine Woodman
This book started off stronger than it finished--which may have more to do with the Greeks themselves than the authors. The fact is that it appears that they blew it. A fight that could not be resolved between Sparta and Athens led to centuries of war that could have been quite different. And amidst it all democracy and literature were nurtured (and then crushed on occasion). Aristotle and other Greeks in Ionia changed the world of science, and there is a lot of wonder to be had here amidst all ...more
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