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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Second Edition edition (Dec 14 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195372352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195372359
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Gordon Ritchie TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 4 2013
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This classic exposition of the history of Ancient Greece is clearly written for a history course, complete with multiple choice exams. A great deal of detailed information is retailed with limited analysis. It could have benefitted mightily from better maps and graphics, as is the case with most of this ilk. It performs a function but leaves a dry aftertaste.
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Great for an overview June 26 2009
By Colin - Published on Amazon.com
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This book's principle virtue is that it is short, but complete. It gives a good sense of the larger trends in Greek history; it is especially good at showing how changes in society relate to the "big" dates and political events. Greek history emerges as an interconnected process, instead of "one thing after another."

Each chapter has a really thoughtfully compiled bibliography. These bibliographical lists are not comprehensive; they are a reliable guide to readable, high quality material that fleshes out, and complicates some of the ideas advanced in the text. Any reader, from layperson to an expert in some aspect of the ancient world can count on these lists to point them to consistently rewarding further reading, and this in my opinion is much more useful than a guide to detailed scholarly arguments about the dating of a single group of potsherds. I got this book when I was quite pressed for time, but the short chapters left me ample time to explore the rich works suggested in the bibliographies.

The book is also refreshingly free of old-fashioned unqualified assertions about the "triumph" of Greek civilization. Ancient Greece is explored as a territory and a culture in its own right, and not merely as the beginnings of some vague "Western Civilization".
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LOVE LOVE LOVE Sept. 18 2013
By mona - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed every letter and every line and every page
to be honest I read it many times and IT INSPIRES ME SOOOO MUCH
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Ancient Greek History Sept. 19 2010
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This book is absolutely fantastic. It's been very informative and is written in a very comprehensible manner. The only problems I have with the book is that not all of the "key terms" found throughout the book are defined in the glossary.
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Great book July 29 2012
By Kelsey - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't care how beaten, battered, ripped or damaged my copy of the book is, as long as I can read the words. There is so much information included in a readable format that I find myself hunched over in anticipation one moment and bursting out in laughter the next. More than worth the monetary cost.
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Happy with my purchase Sept. 19 2011
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I bought this book for a class on Greek and Roman history and I found it useful and interesting to read.

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