By David Stuttard
The 1st ebook to inform the Greek tale during the interconnecting lives of the lads and girls who formed its politics and literature, its technology and philosophy, its paintings and sportThe political leaders, writers, artists, and philosophers of historic Greece grew to become a small staff of urban states right into a pan-Mediterranean civilization, whose legacy are available all over the place this present day. yet who have been those humans, what can we understand in their lives, and the way did they have interaction with one another?
In this unique new method of telling the Greek tale, David Stuttard weaves jointly the lives of the movers and shakers of the Greek international right into a non-stop narrative, from the early tyrant rulers Peisistratus and Polycrates, during the stirrings of democracy less than Cleisthenes to the increase of Macedon less than Philip II and Alexander the nice and the eventual decline of the Greek international as Rome rose. relocating from Sicily to Afghanistan, and from Macedonia to Alexandria; delving into the worlds of arithmetic and geography, rhetoric and historiography, portray and sculpture; exploring the debts of historians and mystics, poets and dramatists, political commentators and philosophers, this publication creates a brilliant photo of existence in all arenas of the traditional Greek global. in addition to the main well-known politicians and writers, in those pages the reader will meet much less famous figures akin to Milo, the Olympic wrestler who led his domestic city in a time of drawback; Aspasia, the intense lady highbrow, who taught rhetoric to Socrates; and Epaminondas, the Theban who taught strategies to Philip of Macedon and so destroyed his personal urban.
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