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Ancient Greece - From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times, Second Edition (Anglais) Broché – 3 mai 2013

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'A limpidly written, highly accessible, and comprehensive history of Greece and its civilizations from prehistory through the collapse of Alexander the Great's empire... a highly readable account of ancient Greece, particularly useful as an introductory or review text for the student or the general reader.' (Kirkus Reviews) 'A polished and informative work that will be useful for general readers and students.' (Daniel Tompkins, Temple University) 'Photographs and maps enhance this solid first lesson about the ancients. (Booklist) --Kirkus Reviews, Daniel Tompkins, Temple University, Booklist

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In this compact yet comprehensive history of ancient Greece, Thomas R. Martin brings alive Greek civilization from its Stone Age roots to the fourth century B.C.E.. Focusing on the development of the Greek city-state and the society, culture, and architecture of Athens in its Golden Age, Martin integrates political, military, social, and cultural history in a book that will appeal to students and general readers alike. Now in its second edition, this classic work features new maps and illustrations, a new introduction, and updates throughout.

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HASH(0x96cd45ac) étoiles sur 5 An Excellent Basic Telling of Greek History 30 octobre 2013
Par Eric C - Publié sur
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This book is not meant to be an in-depth telling of all the complex intrigue and implication of ancient Greece, but rather a chance for one to "get their feet wet" and have a basic understanding of how ancient Greece evolved and influenced ancient civilization, which is exactly what I was looking for.

I finished this book, and have since moved on to 'Ancient Rome' by Simon Baker, which is similar in format and goal.

After reading his I no longer feel as much 'in the dark' as I used to about ancient Western civilization history. I hope to find similar books about the Middle Ages and Renaissance next.
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HASH(0x96a24aa4) étoiles sur 5 Recommended Introductory history of Greece 13 janvier 2014
Par Corey - Publié sur
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Thomas Martin's Ancient Greece is basically an overview of Ancient Greece that starts with the prehistory of Greece (specifically Greece before the Greeks) and ends with the fall of the Successor kingdoms. This book is purely an overview, and does not go into much detail, which is fine. Alexander is not given as much attention as his father, Philip II. I assume because the author was trying to focus more on what was happening in Greece during Alexander's reign rather than the Middle East or Asia. I think that this is one of the strengths of the book. Usually after Philip II and Alexander come on the scene, Athens and Sparta seem to disappear, so it was refreshing to read about the goings on in mainland Greece while Alexander was away on campaign. Two other things that I enjoy about this book are Martin's dealings with the Greek dark ages, and his insistence to give every period in Greek history fair attention. Martin spends a similar amount of time on the archaic period as he does the classical and even Hellenistic periods. Overall, I would give this book 5/5 stars. It is a great introduction to Ancient Greek history.
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HASH(0x96a649e4) étoiles sur 5 Best available general survey of ancient Greece 23 août 2014
Par Peter Smallhill - Publié sur
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A very good introduction to ancient Greece and its profound cultural achievements.

Martin starts with a chapter on prehistory which is not really about Greece at all, and gets sidetracked with speculation - for example, that the development of agricultural society resulted in women taking a subordinate social position.

However, from chapter two the book provides a clear, straightforward account of the economic, political, social and cultural development of Greece. Its strength is in description rather than explanation - leaving the reader pondering why Greece's cities concurrently organized themselves into polis with similar concepts of citizenship and popular participation; and more deeply, what were the roots of "the [Greek] view that people must give reasons to explain what they believe to be true" - an astounding development then, which has yet to occur in large parts of today's world.

This valuable survey is enhanced by Martin's gift for choosing short quotations from the ancient sources that express the essence of what he is describing, such as the remark of Xenophon about the hatred of helots (community owned slaves) for the Spartans: "They said they would be glad to eat them raw." Throughout, Martin spices the book brilliantly with such extracts.

The second edition makes a huge improvement in the reproduction of the book's photographs, which unfortunately are also reduced in number.

The new edition also wisely guides the reader to classical literature itself as a source of understanding and insight.
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HASH(0x9c8d3f90) étoiles sur 5 Good book for basic understanding of the importance of Greece 18 octobre 2014
Par Trainman95630 - Publié sur
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Good book for an overview on Greece's role in ancient history and the unique contributions Greece contributed to western civilization. My background on Greek history is somewhat studied. I've read a few books and seen a lot of documentaries on History Channel but this book was a great overview on Greece from pre history until the sucessor kingdoms of Alexander. This is a good book for someone who has never read at all about Greece in addition to a good overview for someone like myself with a moderate background in Greek history.

The author gives a good accounting of the social and political developements in Greece, with a lot of concentration on the Athens city state. His chapter on the Peloponesian War between Athens and Sparta is very clear in explaining this 30 year war. It has inspired me to back and read Thucydides " History of the Pelopenesian War".

The book has a very good bibliography with explanations on what each source material is about, so there are lots of suggestions for interesting reading in the bibliography. When you type in "Thomas R Martin" into Amazon there is a book about Ancient Rome that he wrote and a lot of other books about Ancient History which he collaborated on. I will definitely be giving some of those a read.
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HASH(0xb496dc00) étoiles sur 5 Just some things I learned from this book 23 septembre 2015
Par Jonas - Publié sur
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• Only citizens were granted protection against enslavement through kidnapping (oddly specific)
• Sparta actually had a version of "The Purge." Once a year, Spartans were free to kill/maim/rape helots (not citizens or slaves) with no civil or religious consequences.
• Theoretical Scientists in Greece expressed their ideas through poetry
• Courts were run entirely by the people- the only government official attending was a magistrate, and they were only there to stop physical violence.
• In Athens, there were statues called "Herms" at every intersection, meant to symbolize protection. "Herms" were, and I quote, "stone posts with sculpted sets of erect male organs, and a bust of the god Hermes on top." Even more crazy, when Athens was about to launch its fleet in a major attack, vandals, supposedly in protest, broke off the, uh, male organs of the statues.
• The king of Macedonia was expected to get in fights and drink heavily to prove he was a quote: "man's man." Worthy of the throne.
• Alexander the Great once hopped a wall to fight his enemy all alone, without telling his army. They barely were able to break in and save him. He later died of excessive drinking.
• Zeno, a philosopher, wanted unisex clothing so one couldn’t distinguish male or female. Basically Starfleet uniforms.

You can learn all this AND MORE in Martin's excellent book on Greece.
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