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Ancient Greeks

by Edith Hall

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PUBLISHED: 10th March 2016
ISBN: 9780099583646
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They gave us democracy, philosophy, poetry, rational science, the joke. They built the Parthenon and the Library of Alexandria. But who were the ancient Greeks? And what was it that enabled them to achieve so much? This title offers a revelatory way of viewing this geographically scattered people, and more.
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  • Paperback
    $21.29
PUBLISHED: 10th March 2016
ISBN: 9780099583646
ANNOTATION:
They gave us democracy, philosophy, poetry, rational science, the joke. They built the Parthenon and the Library of Alexandria. But who were the ancient Greeks? And what was it that enabled them to achieve so much? This title offers a revelatory way of viewing this geographically scattered people, and more.

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They gave us democracy, philosophy, poetry, rational science, the joke. They built the Parthenon and the Library of Alexandria. But who were the ancient Greeks? And what was it that enabled them to achieve so much? This title offers a revelatory way of viewing this geographically scattered people, and more.

Publisher Description

They gave us democracy, philosophy, poetry, rational science, the joke. They built the Parthenon and the Library of Alexandria. They wrote the timeless myths of Odysseus and Oedipus, and the histories of Leonidas's three hundred Spartans and Alexander the Great.

But who were the ancient Greeks? And what was it that enabled them to achieve so much?

Here, Edith Hall gives us a revelatory way of viewing this geographically scattered people, visiting different communities at various key moments during twenty centuries of ancient history.

Identifying ten unique traits central to the widespread ancient Greeks, Hall unveils a civilization of incomparable richness and a people of astounding complexity - and explains how they made us who we are today.

'A thoroughly readable and illuminating account of this fascinating people... This excellent book makes us admire and like the ancient Greeks equally' Independent

'A worthy and lively introduction to one of the two groups of ancient peoples who really formed the western world' Sunday Times

'Throughout, Hall exemplifies her subjects' spirit of inquiry, their originality and their open-mindedness' Daily Telegraph

'A book that is both erudite and splendidly entertaining' Financial Times

Author Biography

Edith Hall is one of Britain's foremost classicists, having held posts at the universities of Royal Holloway, Cambridge, Durham, Reading, and Oxford. In 2015 she was awarded the Erasmus Medal of the European Academy, given to a scholar whose works represent a significant contribution to European culture and scientific achievement. She is the first woman to win this award.

Hall regularly writes in the Times Literary Supplement, reviews theatre productions on radio, and has written and edited more than a dozen works on the ancient world. She teaches at King's College London and lives in Gloucestershire.

Review

This crisp little book is also worth reading for Hall's elegant prose -- Suzi Feay Financial Times Wide-ranging and endlessly fascinating... It is a fitting tribute to history that ought to be preserved... because it would, at the very least, enrich our conversation and range of comparison with events today -- Daisy Dunn Standpoint Edith Hall has a brilliant ability to intellectually analyse the Greeks... because of deep, searching curiosity, and her sense of how this culture reflects upon our moment now. Her writing is so clear and accessible... full of complex reflections and revelations -- Ian Rickson This new tome serves as a fantastic general introduction Big Issue A worthy and lively introduction to one of the two groups of ancient peoples who really formed the western world -- Christopher Hart Sunday Times If you're interested in their history then it is worth reading, and I think even those with some knowledge of the Greeks would learn something from this book. -- Judith Griffith Nudge [Hall] provides a thoroughly readable and illuminating account of this fascinating people... This excellent book makes us admire and like the ancient Greeks equally -- John Davie Independent Hall's superb history achieves her aim with a happy marrying of literature and archaeology. -- Lesley McDowell Independent Hall examines in scholarly but very readable detail. -- Simon Shaw Mail on Sunday Terrifically good -- Natalie Haynes Observer

Product Details

Author
Edith Hall
Year
2016
ISBN-10
009958364X
ISBN-13
9780099583646
Media
Book
Publication Date
2016-03-10
Pages
336
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Subtitle
Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Format
Paperback
Short Title
The Ancient Greeks
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade