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Introducing the Ancient Greeks From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind Summary ´ 104 Ñ [PDF / Epub] ☄ Introducing the Ancient Greeks From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind Author Edith Hall – The ancientLl’s Introducing the Ancient Greeks is the first book to offer a synthesis of the entire the Ancient Greeks PDF #206 ancient Greek experience from the rise of the Mycenaean kingdoms of the sixteenth century BC to the final victory of Christianity over paganism in AD Each of the ten chapters visits a different Greek community at a different moment during the twenty centuries of ancient Greek history In the process the book makes a powerful original argument the Ancient Greeks From Bronze EpubA cluster of uniue ualities made the Greeks special and made them the right people at the right time to take up the baton of human progress According to Herodotus the father of history what made all Greeks identifiably Greek was their common descent from the same hero. Professor Hall’s work does not appear to be so much a history as an intellectual history an important subdivision of the general enterprise of history While this is a competent history of the Greeks through to the conuest of Christianity it does not offer any new insights There is an acknowledgement of the traditional and revisionist approaches to the ancient Greeks in this work Professor Hall does her best to navigate through these rocky shoals—this they succeed at uiet well However I was expecting of a history based upon textual and archaeological evidence and less on literary sources Although literary sources are textual I was hoping for texts that were factual in nature; historical in nature What this reader got was another obvious reading of the Homeric epics; the Theogony; Works and Days etc Again as an introduction this is to be expected but there are many introductions to the Greeks out there that takes this tackdoes this one add anything startlingly new to this For this reader the answer is no but that is only a personal opinion In the end ‘Introducing the Ancient Greeks’ is a competent introduction to the Greeks but not much than this Recommendation A goodcompetent book for neophytes but seasoned Greek enthusiasts will find nothing shockingcompelling here 3 out of 5 stars

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Es the way they sacrificed to their gods their rules of decent behavior and their beautiful language Edith Hall argues however that their mind set was just as important as their awe inspiring achievements They were rebellious individualistic inuisitive open minded witty rivalrous admiring of excellence articulate and addicted to pleasure But most important was their continuing identity as mariners the restless seagoing lifestyle that brought them into contact with ethnically diverse peoples in countless new settlements and the constant stimulus to technological innovation provided by their intense relationship with the seaExpertly researched and elegantly told Introducing the Ancient Greeks is an indispensable contribution to our understanding of the Greek. Introducing the Ancient Greeks From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind by Edith Hall is an exceptional review of the impact of the ancient Greeks and clearly describes how these innovators gained their knowledge and scattered their culture abroad to what ultimately becomes known as the Roman Empire Hall uses ten characteristics uniue to the ancient Greeks and how each of these characteristics manifest themselves especially in literature and archaeology Hall begins the tale with the Mycenaeans who inhabited the island of Crete during the late Bronze Age and continues the narrative through the colonization of Asia Minor the Persian Wars the Peloponnesian War and the conuests of Macedonian and Rome With each time period she brilliantly connects the characteristics and shows how they evolve and developed over the centuries The evidence does become rather slim after the conuests of Macedonia under Alexander the Great almost as if the characteristics become diluted as if the characteristics became a shadowy reflection of what the ancient Greeks ultimately become The most interesting aspects of Introducing the Ancient Greeks were the archaeology commentary The ancient Greeks left a wealth of information in their pottery palaces and temples giving scholars the foundation in which to understand how the ancient Greeks lived which only highlighted the evidence of Hall’s thesis that many of the skills and ideas commonly associated with the ancient Greeks have roots in cultures that predate them My only complaint about the book is that there is no new information or new theory being presented It is an ideal book for anyone who is new to the study of the ancient Greeks but those who have studied the culture would find that the book has nothing new to add to the history If you are really into the ancient Greeks you will enjoy the book just to reread the philosophy and mythology who can really get tired of reading those

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Introducing the Ancient Greeks From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western MindAncient Greeks MOBI #183 The Ancient Greeks From Bronze PDF ancient Greeks invented democracy theater rational science and philosophy They built the Parthenon and the Library of Alexandria They wrote down the timeless myths of Odysseus and Oedipus and the histories of Leonidas’s three hundred Spartans and Alexander the Great But understanding these uniuely influential people has been hampered by their diffusion across the entire Introducing the eBook #8608 Mediterranean Most ancient Greeks did not the Ancient Greeks From Bronze Epublive in what is now Greece but in settlements scattered across Turkey Syria Egypt Libya France Italy Bulgaria Russia and Ukraine They never formed a single unified social or political entity Acclaimed classics scholar Edith Ha. At first I felt that this book was ok but it grew on me so that now I think it is uite nice and eminently recommendable as a non threatening introduction to the Ancient GreeksHall has a double approach which structures the book one broadly chronological the other ten key characteristics which she thinks typical of the Ancient Greeks apart from the Spartans who don't have all of them view spoiler I can't remember what the ten wereview spoiler nor can I be bothered to check it's not that important view spoiler and in my opinion even less serious view spoiler and as for the seven deadly sins phffgh don't try and tell me anything about sloth hide spoiler