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Praise for Ancient Greece, first edition: "In this survey of ancient Greek history and civilization, Martin skillfully blends social, cultural, political, and military data to create a panoramic view of the Greek world. Novices will find the work both comprehensible and entertaining."-Library Journal -- Library Journal "A limpidly written, highly accessible, and comprehensive history of Greece and its civilizations from prehistory through 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 -- Kirkus Reviews "This comprehensive coverage of ancient Greece begins with Stone Age prehistory and moves to coverage of Greek society and politics. It can easily appeal to any general reader with a cursory interest in Greek history, exploring how the people lived and developed their society."-Midwest Book Review -- Midwest Book Review "Photographs and maps enhance this solid first lesson about the ancients."-Booklist -- Booklist "This is a superb introduction to the Greek world for beginning students, precise and stimulating without overwhelming students with too many details."-David Graf, University of Miami -- David Graf "A polished and informative work that will be useful for general readers and students."-Daniel Tompkins, Temple University -- Daniel Tompkins

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Thomas R. Martin is professor of Classics at the College of the Holy Cross. His publications include Herodotus and Sima Qian: The First Great Historians of Greece and China, Ancient Rome, and, as co-author, The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures.


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An Excellent Basic Telling of Greek History 30. Oktober 2013
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This book is not meant to be an in-depth telling of all the complex intrigue and implication of ancient Greece, but rather a chance for one to "get their feet wet" and have a basic understanding of how ancient Greece evolved and influenced ancient civilization, which is exactly what I was looking for.

I finished this book, and have since moved on to 'Ancient Rome' by Simon Baker, which is similar in format and goal.

After reading his I no longer feel as much 'in the dark' as I used to about ancient Western civilization history. I hope to find similar books about the Middle Ages and Renaissance next.
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Recommended Introductory history of Greece 13. Januar 2014
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Thomas Martin's Ancient Greece is basically an overview of Ancient Greece that starts with the prehistory of Greece (specifically Greece before the Greeks) and ends with the fall of the Successor kingdoms. This book is purely an overview, and does not go into much detail, which is fine. Alexander is not given as much attention as his father, Philip II. I assume because the author was trying to focus more on what was happening in Greece during Alexander's reign rather than the Middle East or Asia. I think that this is one of the strengths of the book. Usually after Philip II and Alexander come on the scene, Athens and Sparta seem to disappear, so it was refreshing to read about the goings on in mainland Greece while Alexander was away on campaign. Two other things that I enjoy about this book are Martin's dealings with the Greek dark ages, and his insistence to give every period in Greek history fair attention. Martin spends a similar amount of time on the archaic period as he does the classical and even Hellenistic periods. Overall, I would give this book 5/5 stars. It is a great introduction to Ancient Greek history.
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Best available general survey of ancient Greece 23. August 2014
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A very good introduction to ancient Greece and its profound cultural achievements.

Martin starts with a chapter on prehistory which is not really about Greece at all, and gets sidetracked with speculation - for example, that the development of agricultural society resulted in women taking a subordinate social position.

However, from chapter two the book provides a clear, straightforward account of the economic, political, social and cultural development of Greece. Its strength is in description rather than explanation - leaving the reader pondering why Greece's cities concurrently organized themselves into polis with similar concepts of citizenship and popular participation; and more deeply, what were the roots of "the [Greek] view that people must give reasons to explain what they believe to be true" - an astounding development then, which has yet to occur in large parts of today's world.

This valuable survey is enhanced by Martin's gift for choosing short quotations from the ancient sources that express the essence of what he is describing, such as the remark of Xenophon about the hatred of helots (community owned slaves) for the Spartans: "They said they would be glad to eat them raw." Throughout, Martin spices the book brilliantly with such extracts.

The second edition makes a huge improvement in the reproduction of the book's photographs, which unfortunately are also reduced in number.

The new edition also wisely guides the reader to classical literature itself as a source of understanding and insight.
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Good book for basic understanding of the importance of Greece 18. Oktober 2014
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Good book for an overview on Greece's role in ancient history and the unique contributions Greece contributed to western civilization. My background on Greek history is somewhat studied. I've read a few books and seen a lot of documentaries on History Channel but this book was a great overview on Greece from pre history until the sucessor kingdoms of Alexander. This is a good book for someone who has never read at all about Greece in addition to a good overview for someone like myself with a moderate background in Greek history.

The author gives a good accounting of the social and political developements in Greece, with a lot of concentration on the Athens city state. His chapter on the Peloponesian War between Athens and Sparta is very clear in explaining this 30 year war. It has inspired me to back and read Thucydides " History of the Pelopenesian War".

The book has a very good bibliography with explanations on what each source material is about, so there are lots of suggestions for interesting reading in the bibliography. When you type in "Thomas R Martin" into Amazon there is a book about Ancient Rome that he wrote and a lot of other books about Ancient History which he collaborated on. I will definitely be giving some of those a read.
The book has been written to give us a thorough insight of Ancient Greece. 14. September 2013
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I read it with great interest and liked it very much. Professor Martin's book is written in an easy way though it is most serious and very well documented. I think it's perfect for an approach to Greece's antiquity!
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