The Greek achievement : the foundation of the western world

by Freeman, Charles, 1947-

Format: Print Book 1999
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction DF77.F697 1999
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Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 938 FREEMAN
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The immense success of Robert Fagles's translations of The Iliad and The Odyssey has demonstrated the resurgent appeal of the ancient Greeks. Combining the best of recent scholarship with a readable narrative, Charles Freeman's The Greek Achievement
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "These are not your grandfather's Greeks, flawless creators of a world where, as Freeman writes, "the marble is always shining, the streets are clean, and there is a lot of time for passionate philosophical discussions about art, theater, or the meaning of life." Greek civilization was often bloody and brutal, sustained by conquest, slavery and the subjugation of women. Nonetheless, in demythologizing Greek civilization, Freeman (Egypt, Greece and Rome, etc.) clarifies its extraordinary achievements. His story stretches from the Mycenaeans (circa 1500 B.C.) to the late Hellenistic period (fourth century A.D.), exploring the enormous achievements of the archaic period on which the classical era was built, as well as the previously undervalued Hellenistic era. It's a difficult, complex story that highlights multiple cultural borrowings and transformations as often as it celebrates pure inventions. Drawing on archeology and literature, Freeman expertly illuminates the nature of Greek life. His main thrust is an integrated account that uses the evolving background of everyday concerns, class conflicts and external threats to make sense of Greek culture. He points out the spots where his story is necessarily speculative, and he usually offers competing viewpoints. Chapters focus on such issues as Athenian democracy, drama and philosophy, and Hellenistic science, mathematics and medicine. As a lively survey of a past civilization and the present's debt to it, this is on a par with Thomas Cahill's successful Hinges of History series (The Gifts of the Jews, etc.). But Freeman is a more rigorous historian than Cahill, and he never lets enthusiasm obscure the distinction between fact and myth, between events and their interpretation. Illustrations, maps. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Subjects Civilization, Modern -- Greek influences.
Greece -- Civilization -- To 146 B.C. -- Influence.
Greece -- History -- To 146 B.C. -- Historiography.
Publisher New York :Viking,1999
Language English
Description xvii, 494 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [463]-478) and index.
ISBN 0670885150
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