Synopses & Reviews
Charles Freeman's The Greek Achievement traces the entire course of ancient Greek history across thousands of years--from the Mycenaean and Minoan civilizations of the Bronze Age through the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods. This brilliant account celebrates the incredible range of Greek achievement: the architectural marvels of the Athenian Acropolis; the birth of drama and the timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles; Homer's epics; the philosophical revolutions of Plato and Aristotle; and the conquests of Alexander the Great. Lavishly illustrated with photographs and maps, The Greek Achievement paints a sweeping panorama of the ancient Greeks' world and provides a rich, contemporary overview of their enduring contribution to world civilization.
Lavishly illustrated with photos and maps, "The Greek Achievement" paints a sweeping panorama of the ancient Greeks' world and provides a rich, contemporary overview of their enduring contribution to world civilization. in color.
About the Author
In more than thirty years, Charles Freeman's travels have taken him to most of the sites mentioned in The Greek Achievement, from Aphrodisias to Olympia, from Troy to Delphi. He has dug on all three continents surrounding the Mediterranean and served as academic director on summer schools on Renaissance Italy. His books include EGYPT, GREECE AND ROME; CIVILIZATIONS OF THE ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN; and LEGACIES OF THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
1. Recreating the World of Ancient Greece
2. The Formation of the Greek World
3. Homer's World: Heroes and the Coming of the City-State
4. An Expanding World: 800-550 B.C.
5. New Identities: The Consolidation of the City-State
6. Underlying Patterns: Land and Slavery
7. Underlying Patterns: Spiritual Life
8. Revolutions in Wisdom: New Directions in the Archaic Age
9. Creating the Barbarian: The Persian Wars
10. The Fifth Century: The Politics of Power 478-404 B.C.
11. The Athenian Democracy
12. Homage to Dionysus: The Drama Festivals
13. Man Is the Measure: Philosophers and Speculators, 450-330 B.C.
15. Transitions: The Greek World in the Fourth Century B.C.
17. The Hellenistic World
18. Mathematics, Science, and Medicine
19. The Greeks and Rome
20. The Greeks in the Roman Empire
21. Conclusion: The Greek Achievement