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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (March 3, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140137076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140137071
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,737,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Spoden on October 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
Ancient Greek society is a pretty elaborate topic and this book only touches on the basic principles of this place in history. Really only for the casual reader, the book only briefly touches on the "important" aspects of Greece such as science, religion, art, military, architecture, etc. In describing these things the author does not go into any sort of deatil, only giving you a taste of it. Eventhough it is not written for a serious historian it does do a good job of giving you an idea of the society that was Greece.
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By David E. Goldweber on January 10, 2014
Format: Paperback
This incredible collection of essays is NOT AN INTRODUCTION to Ancient Greek history. It is intended for a reader who already knows the basics: a basic timeframe, key events, famous figures. Finley's job is to pull things together, to suggest connections and causes. It is not with facts but with meanings that Finley is concerned. You will get some (actually many) facts from this book, but the main point is to help an already-informed reader gain an understanding of the significance and proportion of the triumphs - and the failures - of this remarkable civilization.
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Format: Paperback
This is a superb book for the beginning student of ancient Greek history. It gives an overview of many important aspects of ancient Greek culture and primes the reader to delve into much deeper and in depth studies of Greek history. It is a short book and so it does not go into great detail on any one subject, however it gives the reader the essential basis for discussing the character of the Greeks. Who were they? Where did they believe they came from? What was life like in ancient Greece? The books examines all these questions. For the learned student of Greek history too it provides new insights into the ancient Greek psyche. Highly recommended.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TammyJo Eckhart VINE VOICE on May 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Finley is a master of so many fields and types of scholarship. Here he has turned his talent to an introductory textbook about ancient Greece. Unlike his specialized previous work, Finley demonstrates that he can write in a clear and logical fashion. A little sparse on social history at times.
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6 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dan Kostopulos on June 4, 2005
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For being such a great scholar of ancient Greece and Rome, Finley's book is just awful. The writing is dry and uninspiring and Finley's presentation of Greek culture is too cerebral and bloodless. Maybe some people like their classical history served like white bread on a paper plate, but not me. Get Kitto or Freeman instead.
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