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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.

Summary

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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loved it interesting snippets about greece

great book and well read.
I was in Greece on holiday and wanted to know more. learned alot of interesting things. in an easy to listen to way.
liked the way it was narrated .

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  • Emily
  • 16-04-17

Wonderful introduction to ancient Greece

This is a lovely intro to ancient Greece for younger listeners, or the whole family. The narrator is superb and this is one of the best Naxos titles for children and teens. Highly recommend this and other Naxos audios.

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