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?[A] well-designed and useful resource.?- ARBA

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Robert Garland is Roy D. and Margaret B. Wooster Professor of the Classics, Colgate University.

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The beginnings of Greek civilization are shrouded in mystery but since the Greeks looked back fondly to the Bronze Age as constituting an era when they were united under a single king called Agamemnon, it seems appropriate to begin this historical overview there. Read the first page
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
A superb overview of Greek culture 8 July 2007
By E. Terry - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Garland does an outstanding job of presenting a readable, easily understandable overview of daily life and culture among the ancient Greeks. His book destroys a number of myths about ancient Greece, and avoids the trap of becoming too closely engaged with the subject. He remains objective throughout, presenting neither positive nor negative spin on Greek lifestyle, and avoiding political bias. Garland clearly has no axe to grind. Furthermore, he presents the material in a way that modern readers can understand; he places the subject matter in the context of the times, but does not assume detailed knowledge of Greek culture or history by the reader. His writing is a bit dry at times, but that's unavoidable when presenting detailed descriptions of lifestyle and culture.

I do wish the publisher would release another print run at a more reasonable price. $55 is unreasonable for any book. I suggest buying it used.

In spite of the high price, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the way the ancient Greeks thought and acted. It has definitely improved my understanding of Greek history.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great work but opinions needed to be left out. 14 Jun. 2012
By A. Hair - Published on
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I love this book, the detail was great and he was honest about how they lived instead of the romanticized view we have of them. It showed the pitfalls of their society, for instance their view toward women. My problem with this book was the author's opinion toward the Gods. He would often mention the Gods spheres of influence and then say how they didn't live up to the ideal. One example that comes to mind is the mention of Zeus as the God of justice and then immediately after says "though he was far from consistent in his pursuit of that aim. Moreover, his own behavior fell lamentably short of setting a standard of morality for human beings." (pg. 135) My problem with these statements is the author fails to differentiate between the Gods of the myth, the stories told to entertain and the Theoi (Gods) of the religious cults who had a very different personality. I also thought an inclusion of Plato and his views of the Gods and the myths would have been helpful. Overall though the book was a great read with the right amount of information.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Brings ancient history down to earth. 19 May 2013
By W. Borden - Published on
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I've had an interest in the origins of science, drama, democracy, law, and psychology, all focused on classical Greece. This gives an important different perspective.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A terrific resource 8 Mar. 2013
By C. Brody - Published on
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This is almost exactly what I was looking for: A readable and informative overview of the basic areas of daily life in Ancient Greece. It covers everything from philosophy and politics, to life in the home, to religion, medicine and science. My only complaint is that it didn't come with enough pictures, and when the author is trying to describe the significance of certain artwork on pottery or the details of a specific example of architecture, a picture would have been much more effective.
Daily life of the Ancient Greeks 23 Dec. 2012
By DEBRA CORNELL - Published on
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I thought this book wae great. I also think the author is great. I would recomend it to my friend.
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