It's hard to believe, but during the fourth century BCE, the Greek civilization in the Western Mediterranean was the most opulent and powerful in the entire world. It seems like a dream now, but back then there were remarkable Greek city states from Agrigentum all the way across the Mediterranean to Marseilles. They formed a cultural unit that helped spread Greek thought and style right across Sicily, Italy and Southern France. This book shows us how this occurred and some of the beautiful artifacts from that era. This is a well written book, and one that should have a prominent place in any library.