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Twelve Greeks and Romans Who Changed the World [Paperback]

Carl J. Richard
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April 2, 2003 0742527913 978-0742527911
In Twelve Greeks and Romans Who Changed the World, Carl J. Richard brings to life a group of men whose contributions fundamentally altered western society. In this compelling narrative, readers encounter a rich cast of characters, including eloquent Homer, shrewd Pericles, fiery Alexander, idealistic Plato, ambitious Caesar, dedicated Paul, and passionate Augustine. As he vibrantly describes the contributions of the individuals, Richard details the historical context in which each lived, showing how these men influenced their world and ours.

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Carl Richard's lively tour through the lives of twelve Greeks and Romans who created the Western world is a liberal education in itself, clearly telling us not just what we should know but why we should know it. For those tired of the melodrama of Western wickedness, Twelve Greeks and Romans will provide them with the necessary corrective: a clear overview of the unique virtues of the West and their origins among the Greeks and Romans. (Bruce S. Thornton, California State University, Fresno)

By setting these biographical essays deeply within their subjects' historical contexts, Carl Richard has given us an accessible and concise guide not only to these twelve major figures of ancient literature, philosophy, and history, but to the principal events of the Greek and Roman world from the Mycenaean Bronze Age to the Christian world of Augustine. The prose is lively, the anecdotes are entertaining and apt, and the range is remarkable in a text of this size.... (Ward Briggs, University of South Carolina)

Carl Richard's book is easy to read and highly recommended for those waiting to take a course on Western Civilization or who are rediscovering classical Greek and Roman history. (Great Lakes Bulletin)

A valuable overview of ancient history, politics, economics, science, literature, art, philosophy, and religion in Greece and Rome. Recommended. (CHOICE)

Readers will enjoy learning about how the lives and works of such figures as Plato, Alexander the Great, Julius Ceaser, and Cicero became part of modern political debates, and about the debt that Western writers owe to Homer. (History)

By setting these biographical essays deeply within their subjects' historical contexts, Carl Richard has given us an accessible and concise guide not only to these twelve major figures of ancient literature, philosophy, and history, but to the principal events of the Greek and Roman world from the Mycenaean Bronze Age to the Christian world of Augustine. The prose is lively, the anecdotes areentertaining and apt, and the range is remarkable in a text of this size. (Ward Briggs, University of South Carolina)

This book is a breathtaking accomplishment. There is a wealth here of information, wisdom, and wit. The author of The Founders and the Classics has written another classic. (Susan Ford Wiltshire, Vanderbilt University)

About the Author

Carl J. Richard is associate professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and author of The Founders and the Classics: Greece, Rome, and the American Enlightenment.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742527913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742527911
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, readable introduction to the Classical World November 6, 2010
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Richard's book is one of the best short introductions to the Greco-Roman world I have discovered in nearly 2 decades of teaching world history courses at both the college and advanced high school levels. Thus I highly recommend this book and have adopted it as a required supplemental textbook in my AP World History classes. Every chapter begins with an extremely useful section of historical context, which places the biographical subject of each chapter "in their world" as it were, so the uninitiated develop an understanding of why their lives and careers mattered, both for their contemporaries and for us today. There are humorous and sometimes racy anecdotes of Roman emperors' eccentric brutality, their licentious behavior, political conspiracies and vindictive reprisals, clear analysis and discussions of the treacherous world of Athenian politics, as well as inspiring accounts of the sacrifices made by early Christians. Chapters conclude with explanations of how these figures impacted the intellect of the Founding Fathers of the United States and thus shaped our world today. This is the kind of book students and their parents should read over and over, to be better informed about a dozen of the most significant figures of the Ancient World.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review: 12 Greeks & Romans June 1, 2010
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Great book if you like history, antiquity - Greek & Roman culture, etc.
It's a fast reader, full of historic facts. This is a good book for anyone interested in ancient history and how these 10 men really canged the world they lived in - cosequently shaping the world we live in (I say 10 because I don't care much for the last two...). Overall, a great book: it keeps you interested, it's not dry; every chapter gives the reader a chance to delve into a specific period in history - the times of Homer, Themestocles, Alexander, Caesar, Cicero, so on. Highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read! January 22, 2014
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This was assigned for a class and then we only did one or two little tidbits out of it, but I read the whole thing! Quite fun and really interesting!
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4.0 out of 5 stars School Test Book January 19, 2014
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The book was great for the purpose it was intended. The price for this text book was cheaper on-line then it was in the school book store. Will indeed use amazon for all my text book needs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Survey of How the Western World Was Shaped February 11, 2013
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I liked the book, and found it useful in preparing for my ancient world history class. I would read it again.
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