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The Story of the Greeks Paperback – November 13, 2013
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We see in the legend of Socrates the beginnings of monotheism in the West, and a strong code of ethics based on a temperate, thoughtful, longsuffering nature. We see a love of knowledge of art in the Athenians and a love of simple,frugal living in the Spartans. We also see how success corrupts principals, and how a tyrant's life can be the most miserable of existences.
We see in several examples a contrast in leadership styles, and philosophies. Legends are important. Art, reason, and work ethic are important. It is telling, for example, when Alexander captures an eastern queen, how she first sees him, and how his suggestion that they learn to weave to pass the time is interpreted by this queen as a prelude to slavery.
There are so many examples in this book of conquerors showing grace to the conquered and allowing them to practice their ways and be!iefs that I cannot begin to mention them all, and it helps me understand why the civil war in America was fought to end slavery rather than to decide which side would be slaves, as is the case with most civil wars in the world, and especially in the east where slavery is still an acceptable practice.
If you want to understand Democracy, Shakespeare, or Judeo-Christian values, this book will help.
the text is the same as the other edition (you know, the one the "look inside" feature uses), but be aware that this particular cheaper volume does not have any of the maps or illustrations. It is ONLY text. Also, the font looks like an old fashioned typewriter - it's not one of the newer, more commonly used fonts for books. Had I known this to be the case, I would have spent the extra few dollars for the Yesterday's Classics version. The "look inside" feature DID indicate it was from the Yesterday's Classics one, so I don't fault Amazon for that at all. It still would have been nice to know, however, that this edition had no illustrations.