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Ancient Greece From Prehistoric to Hellenistic TimesIn this compact yet comprehensive history of ancient Greece Thomas R Martin brings alive Greek civilization from its Stone Age roots to the fourth century BC Focusing on the development of the Greek city state and the society culture and architecture of Athens in its Golden Age Martin integrates political military social and c Solid overview but with no substantial thesis Martin focuses on the plight of the common man women and slaves whose existence changed little from down through the ages Martin documents it as nasty brutish and short no matter the period prehistoric classical or hellenistic The prose is accessible though not not especially memorable Discussions are informative with a few uotes from the primary sources but would've been welcome The arts are given a fair shake as well as the philosophers The dramatic changes in society via Themisticles Pericles etc are understated and it comes across a little lifeless On the positive side Martin is clear generally concise and great for giving the reader the big picture It filled in a lot of gaps for me while leaving me disappointed that the glorious moments seemed a little ho hum My main criticism is that author's personality seems to hide beneath a veneer of objectivity when he could've revealed it by arguing various theses or points of view This approach usually makes for interesting reading than the objective approach I would rather an author take a position and try to be fair to his opponents than be dull and uninteresting by trying to appear objective

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Ancient Greece kindle ☆ From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times read À In this compact yet comprehensive history of ancient Greece Thomas R Martin brings alive Greek civilization from its Stone Age roots to the fourth century BC Focusing on the development of the Greek city state and the society culture and archiUltural history in a book that will appeal to students and general readers alike Now in its second edition this classic work now features new maps and illustrations a new introduction and updates throughout “A limpidly written highly accessible and comprehensive history of Greece and its civilizations from prehistory throu Ancient Greek history is colourful foreign and still so very much like recent and contemporary history Full review to come

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Gh the collapse of Alexander the Great’s empire A highly readable account of ancient Greece particularly useful as an introductory or review text for the student or the general reader” Kirkus Reviews “A polished and informative work that will be useful for general readers and students” Daniel Tompkins Temple Universi For its slender size of only 221 pages of actual history this book is a tremendously comprehensive overview of ancient Greece Beginning with the Stone Age it covers all the major turning point of Greek history including the Mycenaean and subseuent Dark eras the progression from oligarchy to tyranny to democracy in ancient Athens the Persian wars the Athenian Empire the Peloponnesian War and the Hellenistic Age It also discussed how the early Greeks owed an intellectual debt to earlier still civilizations of the Near East such as Crete and Egypt which he claims many 19th century historians were keen to downplay or outright deny only to pay it forward centuries later when the conuests of Alexander the Great spread Greek influence as far east as modern day AfghanistanMartin's writing is highly readable and engaging yet thorough He also includes numerous photographs maps a summary of key dates within each historical era and an exhaustive bibliography for subseuent reading