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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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May 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, history
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
James Pitter
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an informative read if you are looking for an overview of some of the more salient achievements attributed to Classical Greece. The narrative is told through reference to the life and deeds of fifteen characters selected by the author and academic Paul Anthony Cartledge as being instrumental in the rise and fall of the Ancient Civilization.

It's the second time that I've ready this book. The first coincided with a televised documentary screened some time ago in the UK on which the book wa
Michael Steger
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Stephanie Dotson
update 1: pages 7-40
pages 7-18 only timelines, maps, acknowledgements, & “Note on Pronunciation”
19-40 introduction to the Greeks
culturally interesting point brought up : homosexuality seen as different now, the cultural difference in marriage also seen as different, a man could have more than one wife and still have a male partner, or few.

update 2:
pages 41- 108
Chapters 1-5
These chapters covered Homer, Sappho, Cleisthenes, Artemisia, and Pericles.
Interesting Cultural points :
Homer :
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Trying to bone up on my history, this is a good survey of Greek History broken up by 15 significant Greeks, some very well known and some more obscure; a companion book to the PBS miniseries of the same name.
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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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