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The Rise of the Greeks Paperback – December 31, 2001


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (December 31, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842122657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842122655
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,183,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The author, a classical historian, explores the primitive roots of an influential civilization in this wide-ranging survey of the "archaic" period (750-480 B.C.) of Greece--then some 700 scattered city-states, each bent on achieving self-sufficiency. "Grant's rewarding history turns up many surprises," PW observed .
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About the Author

Michael Grant is a highly successful and renowned historian of the ancient world. He has held many academic posts including those of Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge; Professor of Humanity at Edinburgh University; Vice Chancellor of The Queen's University, Belfast and Vice Chancellor of the University of Khartoum. He is a Doctor of Letters at Dublin and a Doctor of Laws at Belfast. He has also been President of the Classical Association of England, the Virgil Society and the Royal Numismatic Society, and is a Medallist of the American Numismatic Society. He lives and writes in Italy.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dave_42 on April 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"The Rise of the Greeks" by Michael Grant is a very good look at the period of history of the Greek City states from around 1000 to 500 BC. This is a period of history for which it is hard to find good sources of information, and this is certainly the best book that I have found on the period. Michael Grant does a good job of pulling together information from the various sources. Nor is this book limited to just a one or two city states. The author does a commendable job of looking at many different city states, although as he talks about in his introduction, it would be impossible to cover the hundreds that existed.
One area that could have been better would have been the maps. Yes there are some provided, but there could have been more, and they could have been placed better and notated to aid the reader in following the descriptions in the text. On the whole though, this is a very good book, and the author does a good job of relating what was going on in each of these areas during that time period. The book also includes chronological tables, and a bibliography, both of which are of use to the reader in understanding the timing of the events of the period, and finding additional references.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jose Lopez on March 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Goes into detail about the different city states(hundreds) that existed, In other words, it's not Greeks as a whole but Greeks from different City-states, How most not all city states was governed(Dictatorships/Tyrants from the Word "Tirano"), About Women's Role in Greece, Vases, Coinage, pretty intense and intelligent read.couple of pics , but alot of good reading, Deities,gods/goddesses, beliefs, rampant homosexuality and sin, Political structures, class structures, This is a must read for a History Fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jose Lopez on March 10, 2009
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Goes into detail about the different city states(hundreds) that existed, In other words, it's not Greeks as a whole but Greeks from different City-states, How most not all city states was governed(Dictatorships/Tyrants from the Word "Tirano"), About Women's Role in Greece, Vases, Coinage, pretty intense and intelligent read.couple of pics , but alot of good reading, Deities,gods/goddesses, beliefs, rampant homosexuality and sin, Political structures, class structures, This is a must read for a History Fan.
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