- Title: The Rise of the Greeks
- Author: Michael Grant
- ISBN: 9781842122655
- Page: 188
- Format: Paperback
The greatest name in popular classical scholarship sheds light on one of history s most creative eras and civilizations the ancient Greeks between 1000 and 494 B.C During this time, among other landmarks the introduction of the Phoenician alphabet enabled the recording of Homer s Iliad and Odyssey The world Grant introduces goes beyond the boundaries of modern Greece toThe greatest name in popular classical scholarship sheds light on one of history s most creative eras and civilizations the ancient Greeks between 1000 and 494 B.C During this time, among other landmarks the introduction of the Phoenician alphabet enabled the recording of Homer s Iliad and Odyssey The world Grant introduces goes beyond the boundaries of modern Greece to Asia Minor, Italy, Sicily, and Russia, and he includes compelling discussions of the economic and social roles of slaves and women A captivating and highly original perspective on an extraordinary culture.
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Technically, I'm not finished with this book but I'm on a "reviewing roll" right now and I had no intention of doing an in-depth analysis of the book so I feel justified in warning potential readers:"Warning" is the wrong word - There's nothing wrong with this book. In fact, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get a basic idea about the politics and culture of Greek society before the Persian Wars, before Athens and Sparta became the Americans and the Soviets of the Ancient World and dro [...]
I found this tedious. One city state after another. Grant divides the book into geographical region and then divides the regions into cities. Who founded the city? Who lived there? How did they make their living? By the end, I was skimming because it started to seem just to be a procession of names.
Full of lots of good information – if you can stay awake through it. I was surprised to read Michael Grant is considered a “popular” historian because I don't think his style would be very accessible to the casual reader (but his books were written in the 1950s-80s and I'm of a younger generation, so perhaps general expectations of focus & retention skills were higher back then). I believe this book would serve better as a reference because of how it organised. It is understandable and [...]
It's packed full of useful information, for research and scholarly purposesbut as an enjoyable read, it's dead in the water. This is the type of book to dip in and out of, when researching a project or an essayor to read as a cure for insomnia. I've read math textbooks that were more enjoyable than this.
Michael Grant doesn't get as much love as (perhaps arguably) he deserves here on . That may be because one can almost see and hear him lecturing in a dry, senatorial but impeccable King's English as a don at Cambridge or Edinburgh. His writing is crisp and yes, dry, in a just-the-facts-mam way and though there are occasional asides and analytical side-tracks, generally he keeps on pace, ever moving forward, his voice dispassionate and certainly never filled with bravado or lyrical flourishes (se [...]
Rise of the Greeks by the late Michael Grant, about Greek civilization between the Mycenaean collapse around 1000 BC and the start of the Persian wars around 500 BC. I was aware of Greek settlements in southern Italy and on the Agean coast of Asia Minor, modern Turkey, but I had now idea just how far afield the Greeks colonized, as far as Massalia (modern Marseilles), the Crimea in the Ukraine, and the Abkazian and Georgian coasts of the Black Sea. I was familiar with the myth of Jason and the A [...]
Odd style, sweeping scope, and wonderful setup for A War Like No Other.
Michael Grant has the gift of bringing to life events from long ago. But the dearth of written accounts from Ancient Greece in this era means a lot of archaeological speculation. And Grant is no Charles Pellegrino. Less boring than it could be.
Good introduction to the history that connects the Golden Age of myth and comic book with both what made Greece and how it influenced and was influenced by Thracians, Scythians, Egyptians, and Etruscans. And it's Grant. Hard to go wrong with that hip swivelling teen.
This book should not be read as an introduction to Greek history. It is more of a "fill in the gaps" type of history after you already know the basic history.
Well written and informative introduction to this period. Grant is a great writer who helps provide popular access to ancient history.
The Rise of the Greeks (Paperback) by Michael Grant Contains images of Greek sculpture and bas relief art. Multiple appendices. Chronological table of Greek history.
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