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Ancient Greece
Nardo, Don, 1947-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Kidhaven Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Discusses life in ancient Greece, including citizenship in the city-state, family life, physical training and athletic competitions, and religious beliefs and worship.
Reading Level:
860 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.9 1.0 55140.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.6 3 Quiz: 28777 Guided reading level: Q.
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DF77 .N372 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
DF77 .N372 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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From Greece's Bronze Age kingdoms and the Trojan War to the emergence of Greek literature and the Olympic Games, from the rise of Athenian democracy to the conquests of Alexander the Great and beyond, a noted classical historian tells the exciting and inspiring story of ancient Greece and its pivotal contributions to Western culture.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6-12. For an in-depth introduction to the subject as much as for reference and research, each of these large, detailed, accessible, well-designed Complete History Of anthologies includes more than 90 entries by well-known people in the field who describe what happened and look critically at how events continue to be interpreted. The selections are organized into chapters, and there are short introductions on the contents pages, full introductions with each entry, and extensive bibliographies. The text, in clear type, two columns per page, is broken up with lots of subheads and occasional black-and-white photographs. American Slavery begins with the Atlantic slave trade and ends with the Civil War, with entries by Frederick Douglass, Nat Turner, Mary Chestnut, and many others. It is organized into 16 chapters on a number of topics, including a fascinating discussion of whether the Underground Railroad actually existed. There's no mention of the current reparations debate. Ancient Greece is organized first chronologically, then by topic--law and justice, art, literature, etc. The Death Penalty is like an expanded version of an Opposing Viewpoints title, with debate about issues, landmark cases, and court decisions. Holocaust is an excellent collection of seminal accounts and commentaries by some of the leading writers in the field. Of course, there's no "complete history" of anything, but especially for smaller collections, these volumes provide both the big picture and a detailed focus on what's important. No further titles in this series are planned at this time. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-10-The history of how the Greeks waged war from the Bronze Age until their conquest by the Romans is presented in a clear, concise text. From chariot warfare through hoplites and phalanxes to the military strategy of Alexander, the author shows their various fighting techniques. Information on naval warfare is also included. Nardo's writing is supported by several quotes from ancient sources and modern scholars; some lengthy quotes are included as sidebars. The frequent black-and-white illustrations include pictures of ancient and modern art, maps, and battle diagrams and are of average quality. The bibliography is divided by major works consulted, modern and ancient sources, and additional works consulted. The list for further reading is annotated. A useful resource.-Lynda S. Poling, Long Beach Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 8
Important Dates During The Time of Ancient Greecep. 10
Introduction: The Intrinsic Worth of the Individualp. 12
Chapter 1 The Birth of Greek Civilizationp. 15
Chapter 2 The Rise of City-Statesp. 28
Chapter 3 Democracy and Empire: Athens Ascendantp. 39
Chapter 4 Society and Culture in Classical Athensp. 51
Chapter 5 Incessant Warfare Exhausts the Greeksp. 63
Chapter 6 The Conquests of Philip and Alexanderp. 74
Chapter 7 The Hellenistic Age and "Inhabited World"p. 84
Epilogue: The Greeks' Decline and Their Legacyp. 94
Notesp. 99