Starting with familiar tales of Prometheus and Odysseus and ending with Alexander the Great, Hugh Griffith gives listeners a quick tour of Ancient Greece. British narrator Benjamin Soames takes the history seriously while making the examples and comparisons in Griffith's writing fun. Those examples - such as describing a Spartan camp as "a kind of Scout troop" - show that this history is aimed at a young audience, but it's done well enough for a family road trip as well. As an introduction to Greek history, it's a good one, covering a lot of ground quickly and even taking a moment to consider the historical basis of the myths.
The glory of ancient Greece is all around us, even in the 21st century, because Greece was the cradle of Western civilisation. We know about the gods and their characters - Zeus, Athene, Apollo, Ares, Aphrodite - and their heroes, both legendary (Heracles) and historical (Alexander the Great). Architecture, mathematics, politics, philosophy, observation of nature and the cosmos, and much more emerged in ancient Greece. Hugh Griffith's entertaining and informative account of the people and the history places it all in perspective. An outstanding introduction for younger listeners.
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