The Ancient Greeks For Dummies

The Ancient Greeks For Dummies

Language: English

Pages: 384

ISBN: 0470987871

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The civilisation of the Ancient Greeks has been immensely influential on the language, politics, educational systems, philosophy, science and arts of Western culture. As well as instigating itself as the birthplace of the Olympics, Ancient Greece is famous for its literature, philosophy, mythology and the beautiful architecture- to which thousands of tourists flock every year.

This entertaining guide introduces readers to the amazing world of the Ancient Greeks. It offers a complete rundown of Greek history alongside fascinating insights into daily life in Ancient Greece and a captivating overview of Greek mythology. Readers will discover how this ancient culture came to be the cornerstone of Western civilisation and the enormous influence it has had on our language, politics, education, philosophy, science, arts and sport.

  • The history of Ancient Greece remains a wide topic of interest, particularly renowned for its influential and diverse culture
  • This basic guide will allow greater access to this vibrant area of study, and provide a distinct and light-hearted approach to this vast area history
  • Covers dozens of topics, including; the early civilisations, war & fighting, home & family, day-to-day life and much, much more!

About the author

Steve Batchelor is a lecturer in Classics at Richmond College and has been teaching ancient history for 10 years. He has written reviews for various publications, including History Today, and he has also been involved in running guided historical tours of Greece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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