- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Greenleaf Press (TN); Revised edition 1989 edition (June 1, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1882514017
- ISBN-13: 978-1882514014
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Famous Men of Greece (Greenleaf Press) Revised edition 1989 Edition
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About the Author
John Henry Haaren (1855-1916) was an American educator and historian. Haaren's father was German and his mother Irish. He studied under Prof. N. M. Butler at Columbia University, 1889-91, before becoming a teacher in New York. In 1907 he became Associate Superintendent of Schools in New York, increasing the number and efficiency of kindergartens and starting classes to teach English to foreigners. He was president of the department of pedagogy in the Brooklyn Institute. Haaren High School (which was located on 10th Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets in Manhattan) was named in his honor. The Charles B. J. Snyder-designed school which was initially DeWitt Clinton High School is now Haaren Hall on the campus of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
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Top Customer Reviews
Rob Shearer, the editor who put this 1904 book back into print, wonders at the common practice of focusing on American History for years while cramming World History into one year. He believes American History cannot be understood without a knowledge of World History.
The author's original preface in 1904 states: "In order to attract and hold attention, each conspicuous feature of history...should have an individual for its center. The child identifies himself with the person placed before him. It is not Romulus...or Alexander that the child has in mind when he reads, but himself, acting under the prescribed conditions."
There are 31 chapters, many of them short enough to read in one sitting. Your child will thrill with pride at Leonidas and his 1,000 brave men who stood against 2 million Persians at Thermopylae. Your child will be enobled to read about how Pericles "went among the people, calming and cheering them, and attending faithfully to the affairs of the government" during a horrible plague that took his son, sister, friends, and eventually himself. Your child will admire Demosthenes' determination to overcome his problems to become a great orator.
Famous Men of Greece is a valuable part of a child's education in World History. Have him narrate each story or record the person in his book of centuries to place these stories more firmly in his mind.
The title misled me a bit, as I expected only historical people. Almost half of the book talks about gods and legends. Great stuff, just not what I was expecting. The rest gives mini-biographies on historical Greeks and Macedonians.
Got this while it was free. A fun, informative read, so easy to recommend. The Greek Gods are given their Roman names in this work.
This title gave our children a real love for history. They begged for another lesson! One day my husband came home to find them playing the Battle of Thermopylae with their Lego men :-) I can not recommend the Greenleaf series highly enough for "real history" and memorable studies.
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again . Very well written.