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Nardo, Don, 1947-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Lucent Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Discusses the geography, history, people, and culture of Greece and its significance in the world today.
Reading Level:
1310 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 11.2 5.0 51580.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.5 8 Quiz: 20672 Guided reading level: NR.
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DF757 .N37 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The site of one of history's most splendid civilizations, modern Greece is a small nation whose economy relies in large degree on the money it takes in from the thousands of tourists who visit each year to marvel at its glorious past.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

In each volume of the World History series, Nardo distills a great deal of historical material into a focused, succinct, and well-organized presentation. Tracing centuries of development and change, the discussion develops key ideas through examples that bring them more sharply into focus. Adding weight to these ideas are well-sourced quotes from people writing during the period as well as modern scholars. The many color illustrations include maps, artworks such as paintings and sculptures, and photos of historical sites and artifacts. Greece encompasses not only political history but also influential developments in political thinking, philosophy, science, literature, architecture, sports, and the military. The section on the Olympics debunks the notion that early Olympic athletes were amateurs without financial backing. Useful for research, the series offers a solid combination of information and historical perspective.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-These serviceable texts, decorated with archival illustrations of classical scenes and architecture, are a little dry and a little strange. They rely heavily on sources written by one or two scholars, and the bibliographies list few primary sources, although Greece includes brief passages from Thucydides and Herodotus. Nardo quotes historians at length, but the copious bracketed clarifications can be distracting, and there is an inconsistent use of ancient place names and their modern equivalents. One strength of the titles is the pertinent, interesting, and illustrated sidebars. The majority of the illustrations in these books is taken from earlier texts-an interesting choice, given the large amount of fine art available from each period. Some reproductions and a few photographs of ancient sites as they now appear are included. Margins are generous but not overly so; the book design is simple and readable, with texts placed on a background imitating aged paper. Each volume contains at least a couple of statements that could at best be described as disputable. Rome is called "the first urban civilization"; "Greek thinkers were the first people to fashion a systematic. approach to science"; democracy "is today the most prevalent and desirable form of government in the world"; and "theater was invented by the ancient Greeks." These, combined with a subtle but noticeable preoccupation with the Christian religion (in Rome, there is an emphasis on the legacy of Rome, including Christianity as "the principal religion of the late Roman world," and in a chapter about town life in Medieval Europe a section titled "Men and Women" begins with the unsupported statement, "Both men and women attended these churches with equal faith in and love for God"), erode the credibility of the texts.-Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.