A History of Ancient Greece in Fifty Lives

A History of Ancient Greece in Fifty Lives

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WW Norton
The first book to tell theGreek story through the interconnecting lives of the men and women who shapedits politics and literature, its science and philosophy, its art and sport
The political leaders, writers, artists, and philosophers of ancient Greece turned a small group of city states into a pan-Mediterranean civilization, whose legacy can be found everywhere today. But who were these people, what do we know of their lives, and how did they interact with one another?In this original new approach to telling the Greek story, David Stuttard weaves together the lives of the movers and shakers of the Greek world into a continuous narrative, from the early tyrant rulers Peisistratus and Polycrates, through the stirrings of democracy under Cleisthenes to the rise of Macedon under Philip II and Alexander the Great and the eventual decline of the Greek world as Rome rose. Moving from Sicily to Afghanistan, and from Macedonia to Alexandria; delving into the worlds of mathematics and geography, rhetoric and historiography, painting and sculpture; exploring the accounts of historians and mystics, poets and dramatists, political commentators and philosophers, this book creates a vivid picture of life in all arenas of the ancient Greek world. As well as the most famous politicians and writers, in these pages the reader will meet less well-known figures such as Milo, the Olympic wrestler who led his home town in a time of crisis; Aspasia, the brilliant female intellectual, who taught rhetoric to Socrates; and Epaminondas, the Theban who taught tactics to Philip of Macedon and so destroyed his own city.

Baker & Taylor
Explores the history and civilization of ancient Greece through brief profiles of politicians, writers, philosophers, and other significant figures, considering their interconnected impact on society and culture.

Book News
Stuttard gets up close and personal with fifty movers and shakers in ancient Greece, thereby shedding light on how a group of city states morphed into one of the world’s most influential civilization. From the birth of the gods to Polybius (200-118), the fifty are arranged roughly by generation. The author delineates the interconnectedness of many. His themes of the development of historiography and biography, both subjects pioneered by the ancient Greeks, are central to the book. He traces the history and illustrates the wide diversity of the culture of ancient Greece. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: New York : Thames & Hudson, c2014
ISBN: 9780500252055
Branch Call Number: 938 STU
Characteristics: 288 p. :,ill. (some col.), maps ;,25 cm.


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