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A Smaller history of Greece   By: (1813-1893)

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In "A Smaller History of Greece" by William Smith, readers are taken on an engaging journey through the rich and captivating history of Greece. Despite its concise nature, Smith manages to deliver a comprehensive and well-structured account that captivates the imagination and educates the reader.

Throughout the book, Smith skillfully traces Greece's history from its earliest known civilizations to its eventual transformation into the powerful Hellenistic Empire. Weaving together anecdotes, historical accounts, and archaeological findings, he presents a detailed narrative that sheds light on the complexities of ancient Greek society, politics, and culture.

One of the book's standout features is Smith's ability to effortlessly transition between different periods, making the ancient world come alive. His writing style is accessible yet informative, allowing readers of all backgrounds to understand and appreciate the significance of each epoch. From the heroic age of Troy, to the rise and fall of the mighty city-states of Athens and Sparta, Smith maintains an engaging tone that keeps the reader hooked throughout.

Furthermore, "A Smaller History of Greece" succeeds in providing context and depth to the major events and figures that shaped Greek history. Smith delves into the conquests of Alexander the Great, the impact of the Persian Wars, and the contributions of renowned philosophers like Socrates and Plato. By incorporating primary sources and offering historical analysis, he enables readers to gain a comprehensive understanding of how these events influenced the course of Greek civilization.

Additionally, Smith's attention to detail enhances the reader's experience. Descriptions of ancient Greek art, architecture, and religious practices add vividness to the narrative, while maps and illustrations help to visually augment the text. This attention to visual representation is particularly helpful in understanding the geography and timelines of Greece's various regions and their corresponding historical periods.

Although the book is labeled as a "smaller" history, it proves to be a highly informative resource that manages to cover a wide range of topics without sacrificing depth or quality. It is an ideal choice for both beginners who seek an introduction to ancient Greek history and enthusiasts who desire a concise yet comprehensive overview.

In conclusion, "A Smaller History of Greece" by William Smith is an exemplary account that offers readers a captivating journey through the rich tapestry of Greece's history. Smith's eloquent writing style, attention to detail, and ability to provide context make this book an invaluable resource. Whether you are diving into Greek history for the first time or revisiting familiar tales, this book is sure to leave you with a deeper appreciation for the fascinating civilization that continues to inspire to this day.

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from the earliest times to the Roman conquest.




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CHAPTER I . . Geography of Greece.

CHAPTER II . . Origin of the Greeks, and the Heroic Age.

CHAPTER III . . General Survey of the Greek People. National Institutions.

CHAPTER IV . . Early History of Peloponnesus and Sparta to the end of the Messenian Wars, B.C. 668.

CHAPTER V . . Early History of Athens down to the Establishment of Democracy by Clisthenes, B.C. 510.

CHAPTER VI . . The Greek Colonies.

CHAPTER VII . . The Persian Wars. From the Ionic Revolt to the Battle of Marathon, B.C. 500 490.

CHAPTER VIII . . The Persian Wars. The Battles of Thermopylae Salamis, and Plataea, B.C. 480 479.

CHAPTER IX . . From the end of the Persian Wars to the beginning of the Peloponnesian War, B.C. 479 431.

CHAPTER X . . Athens in the time of Pericles... Continue reading book >>

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