Introducing the Ancient Greeks (Book published July 13, 2015

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Author  Edith Hall
Publisher  W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date   July 13, 2015
ISBN  0393351165
Pages  336

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"Wonderful…a thoughtful discussion of what made [the Greeks] so important, in their own time and in ours." ―Natalie Haynes, Independent

The ancient Greeks invented democracy, theater, rational science, and philosophy. They built the Parthenon and the Library of Alexandria. Yet this accomplished people never formed a single unified social or political identity. In Introducing the Ancient Greeks, acclaimed classics scholar Edith Hall offers a bold synthesis of the full 2,000 years of Hellenic history to show how the ancient Greeks were the right people, at the right time, to take up the baton of human progress. Hall portrays a uniquely rebellious, inquisitive, individualistic people whose ideas and creations continue to enthrall thinkers centuries after the Greek world was conquered by Rome. These are the Greeks as you’ve never seen them before.

2 maps; 12 illustrations

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