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A History of Greece (Cambridge Library Collection - Classics) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1108009514
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One of the classic works of historical interpretation and scholarship, Grote's voluminous history of Greece remains required reading for historians and students of ancient Greece. Drawing upon Greek politics, philosophy, poetry and oratory, Grote takes the reader from legendary Greece to the death of Alexander the Great and his generation.

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  • Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Classics
  • Paperback: 652 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1108009514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1108009515
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Format: Audible Audio Edition
Charlton Griffin is without a doubt my favorite audiobook reader, and one of the best there is. He vividly brings to life Greek history through Cyril Robinson's concise, yet highly detailed account.

Rather than skimming through events like a lecture course, skipping over some names, this history covers the topography and geography of Greece, the archaeological history of the peoples in the from the Minoans and Mycenaeans to the "dark" age and so on. Figures otherwise to remain obscure are given sufficient detail, such as Cylon, Agiselaos III, Epaminondas, and others.

Given in great details is not only the military campaigns and politics and society, but rich detail goes in to the art and culture of Athens, distinguishing it and justifying the strength of its influence, as well as the rather shocking revelations that the culture of mainland Greece was nearly lost to us, if it weren't for Alexander's conquests of the east, and the proliferation of Hellenic culture that was not only maintained, but endlessly imitated in pale imitation, and the somewhat lackluster achievements of the mainland Greeks compared to the Ionian Greeks.

But then comes Robinson's biases and odd statements regarding such things as the fall of Greece and the like. As in his "A History of Rome", he considers Hellenization to be somehow a corrupting influence upon men's bodies and souls, as if it were a narcotic drug. Much like he had accused Hellenized Romans as being responsible for a "moral degredation" in Rome in the late Republic period, he accuses an Orientalized-Hellenism of being some sort of rot upon the very essence or "manliness" of Greek men, and being responsible for corrupting the Greeks, then the Macedonians after Alexander, and so on

It's a rather ridiculous statement to make, though it's the first time I've ever heard it so I can't judge it beyond my initial preconception.
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