From the roots of democracy to philosophy and mathematics, it’s fascinating to learn how much western civilisation has stemmed from that of ancient Greece. This book offers an introduction to the lives of the ancient Greeks, their mythologies and traditions and their culture and learning.
With colour illustrations supporting a clear, informative and engaging text, this guide is a perfect companion for both adults and children alike.
• Geography – map of Greece
• History – the different civilizations from the Minoans through to the Hellenistic period
• Religion – gods, festivals, oracles and muses
• Mythology – Homer's Odyssey, the Minotaur, Icarus
• Daily life in Ancient Greece – everyday life for all levels of society; the jobs, family life, leisure activities
• Politics – democracy and the Athenian council
• Learning and knowledge – philosophy, science,
mathematics, medicine and literature
• War – important wars; the army and navy
• Greece Today – temples, archaeology and the monuments that can still be seen today
Readers can gain an in-depth understanding of what it was like to live in one of the greatest eras of human history. Garland provides answers to such questions as: What were the Ancient Greeks' attitudes toward foreigners? What was their life expectancy? How were women treated? Passages from ancient authors enhance the text of this indispensable reference work.