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Aunt Charlotte's Stories of Greek History   By: (1823-1901)

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HISTORY

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AUNT CHARLOTTE’S STORIES OF GREEK HISTORY

BY CHARLOTTE M. YONGE

AUTHOR OF “THE HEIR OF REDCLYFFE,” “STORIES OF ENGLISH HISTORY,” “STORIES OF FRENCH HISTORY,” “STORIES OF BIBLE HISTORY,” &C.

EIGHTH THOUSAND

London: MARCUS WARD & CO., LIMITED ORIEL HOUSE, FARRINGDON STREET, E.C. AND AT BELFAST, NEW YORK, AND SYDNEY

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PREFACE.

In this little book the attempt has been to trace Greek History so as to be intelligible to young children. In fact, it will generally be found that classical history is remembered at an earlier age than modern history, probably because the events are simple, and there was something childlike in the nature of all the ancient Greeks. I would begin a child’s reading with the History of England, as that which requires to be known best; but from this I should think it better to pass to the History of Greece, and that of Rome (which is in course of preparation), both because of their giving some idea of the course of time, and bringing Scripture history into connection with that of the world, and because little boys ought not to begin their classical studies without some idea of their bearing. I have begun with a few of the Greek myths, which are absolutely necessary to the understanding of both the history and of art. As to the names, the ordinary reading of them has been most frequently adopted, and the common Latin titles of the gods and goddesses have been used, because these, by long use, have really come to be their English names, and English literature at least will be better understood by calling the king of Olympus Jupiter, than by becoming familiar with him first as Zeus.

CHARLOTTE M. YONGE.

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CONTENTS. CHAP. PAGE I. Olympus 11 II. Light and Dark 18 III. The Peopling of Greece 26 IV. The Hero Perseus 35 V. The Labours of Hercules 42 VI. The Argonauts 51 VII. The Success of the Argonauts 59 VIII. The Choice of Paris 68 IX. The Siege of Troy 76 X. The Wanderings of Ulysses 84 XI. The Doom of the Atrides 94 XII. After the Heroic Age 102 XIII. Lycurgus and the Laws of Sparta. B.C. 110 884–668 XIV. Solon and the Laws of Athens. B.C. 594–546 118 XV. Pisistratus and his Sons. B.C. 558–499 126 XVI. The Battle of Marathon. B.C. 490 134 XVII. The Expedition of Xerxes. B.C. 480 142 XVIII. The Battle of Platæa. B.C. 479–460 151 XIX. The Age of Pericles. B.C. 464–429 159 XX. The Expedition to Sicily... Continue reading book >>




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