|Publisher||A. J. Cornell Publications|
|Publication Date||September 15, 2011|
Originally published in 1904 as a portion of the author’s larger “History of the World,” this Kindle edition, equivalent in length to a physical book of approximately 70 pages, recounts, in simple language, the history of ancient Greece.
Chapter I: Greece Before the Persian Wars
Chapter II: The Persian Invasions of Greece
Chapter III: Athens in the Age of Pericles
Chapter IV: The Peloponnesian and Theban Wars
Chapter V: Philip of Macedon and Alexander the Great
Chapter VI: The Macedonian Empire
Chapter VII: Social and Public Life in Greece
Chapter VIII: Art, Literature, and Religion
Appendix: Timeline of Greek History
Let us see now what Pericles did. He kept up the fleet and tried his best to make good sailors and naval warriors of the Athenians. And that the city might not be cut off from its port, he got the people to build what were called the Long Walls, great ramparts of stone more than four miles long and two hundred yards apart, which joined the walls of the city with those of Piraeus, its port. Now Athens could not be cut off from its ships or the supplies they brought from all parts of the sea. And there was room enough within the walls for all the people of Attica.
While this was doing, Pericles was using the funds of the Confederacy to adorn Athens with magnificent buildings and splendid works of art. The grand temple called the Parthenon was built on the Acropolis, and other grand and beautiful edifices, enriched with the rarest sculptures and statuary, were built in various parts of the city. The whole city became brilliant and splendid in aspect. Pericles had found it wood and left it marble, and its statues became so numerous that they seemed almost to outnumber the living inhabitants. The temples of Athens were not wonderful for vastness of size, like those of Egypt, but were remarkable for the beauty of their architecture and their exquisite sculptures.
Pericles did more than this. He made Athens a home for the ablest men of the world— poets, artists, orators, philosophers. Great writers, dramatists, and thinkers made their way to this city, and it grew rich with the fruits of genius. The theatre was made free to all, and the finest works of the greatest dramatists were performed for the general public. Men before had served in the army, on juries, in the courts, etc., without pay, but Pericles saw that all were paid, so that the poorest men could attend to public duties without loss. He even went so far as to supply free banquets for the people on festival days.
About the author:
Charles Morris (1833-1922) was the author of numerous books for young and old, including “The Lives of the Presidents and How They Reached the White House,” “Tales from the Dramatists,” and “Primary History of the United States.”