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The Ancient Greeks For Dummies 1st Edition

The Ancient Greeks For Dummies 1st Edition

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!

Introduction

Part I - Travelling Back in Time

Chapter 1. When, Where, What, Who? Meeting the Ancient Greeks

Chapter 2. Encountering Prehistoric Civilisations: The Minoans and Mycenaeans

Chapter 3. Shedding Light on Ancient Greece's Dark Ages

Chapter 4. Governing by Kings, Tyrants, and (Eventually) Democrats

Chapter 5. Fighting and Warring: Greece Gets Heavy

Chapter 6. East versus West: The Persian Wars

Part II - Athens to Alexander: The Rise and Fall of Empires

Chapter 7. Athens and Empire Building

Chapter 8. Dealing with the Neighbours from Hell: The Peloponnesian War

Chapter 9. Losing Their Way: The End of Classical Greece

Chapter 10. Rising Quickly to the Top: Macedonia

Chapter 11. Crowning the Undefeated Champion of the World: Alexander the Great

Chapter 12. What Happened Next?

Part III - Living a Greek Life

Chapter 13. Out in the Fields: Farming, Herding, and Travelling

Chapter 14. Home and Family

Chapter 15. Going About Daily Life in Ancient Greece

Chapter 16. Plays and Pugilism: Enjoying Ancient Greek Entertainment

Chapter 17. Depicting Men, Women, and Gods in Art

Chapter 18. Building Beautiful Greek Architecture

Part IV - Mythology, Religion, and Belief

Chapter 19. Going Back to the Beginning: Myths and Gods

Chapter 20. Blending Myth and History: Troy, Homer, and Heroes

Chapter 21. Practising Everyday Religion: 'A God Put It in My Heart to Say'

Chapter 22. Trying to Figure Everything Out: Greek Philosophy

Part V - The Part of Tens

Chapter 23. Ten Great Greek Inventions

Chapter 24. Ten Things to Read Next

Chapter 25. Ten Dodgy Ancient Greek Characters

Chapter 26. Ten Great Places to Visit