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The Classical Greeks

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Professor Grant tells his story through the lives of thirty-seven great historical figures. Choosing to focus on the leaders rather than limiting himself to the political and military history of Greece, this author adds a new dimension to one of history's most momentous periods.
Hardcover, 337 pages
Published December 31st 1989 by Scribner Book Company (first published September 1st 1989)
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Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with an interest in ancient Greece

A visualization of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (** below). It soared above the ruins of the city for sixteen centuries before being brought down by a succession of earthquakes from the 12th to the 14th centuries. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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Michael Grant, the author of this book, was an English classicist. His original research field, by which he obtained his graduate degree, was “academic numismatics”, the study of ancient coins. After WW II, while writing several
The Classical Greeks is the middle book in a historical trilogy by Michael Grant. I started with this one because it covers the time period of most interest to me and I already owned it.

Each chapter in The Classical Greeks is divided into 7 periods and told through the stories of 37 key figures. The wars, large and small, as well as times of relative peace, determine the various ages which Grant has chosen. His prominent players come from all walks of life: philosophers, warriors, politicians,
John Nelson
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
In this book, Michael Grant describes the culture and achievements of the classical Greeks by focusing each chapter on a particular philosopher, dramatist, artist, historian, or political leader - each being one of the best that Greece produced - as being exemplary of a particular accomplishment or development in Greek history. The book leaves the reader wanting to delve more deeply into the lives and accomplishments of the persons discussed, which is perhaps the best proof possible that a gener ...more
Lauren Albert
Fred asked me why I keep reading Grant's books when I am always disappointed. I can't tell you. I found this blah. Each chapter was about an individual who Grant felt was important. I didn't particularly like that strategy or the outcome.
Jeff Clay
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beginning with Miltiades and the Battle of Marathon (490 BCE) – or perhaps Pythagoras, discussed in one of the appendices – the eminent Antiquities scholar Michael Grant has taken a rather unique approach to telling the stories of the Greek intellects, artists, politicians, and generals of the 5th century BCE ending just prior to the ascension of the future Macedonian emperor, Alexander (336 BCE). Each chapter – and there are 37 of them – runs around 5 pages long, is chock full of historical det ...more
Andy Oram
Apr 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Lots of interesting history and analysis, well-balanced. But the unusual organization does nothing to promote insight or readability. Finding places and dates of events is far too hard.
Larry Van Bibber
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-lib
Very interesting book that concisely covers this period of history and the prominent leaders of that period some of whom Were new to me.
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Michael Grant was an English classisist, numismatist, and author of numerous popular books on ancient history. His 1956 translation of Tacitus’s Annals of Imperial Rome remains a standard of the work. He once described himself as "one of the very few freelances in the field of ancient history: a rare phenomenon". As a popularizer, his hallmarks were his prolific output and his unwillingness to ove ...more
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