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The Best Book of Ancient Greece

The Best Book of Ancient Greece

Belinda Weber
For ages 6 to 8
Kingfisher, 2005   ISBN: 978-0753458716

Greece was a land where many powerful civilizations grew. There were the Minoans and the Mycenaeans who learned to write, created beautiful works of art, and who spread their influence to the peoples around them. Then, as the Dark Ages swept through Europe, the many of the Greeks traveled to other lands in the Mediterranean looking for new opportunities. They created colonies in what are now France, Italy, North Africa and Turkey. Those who stayed in Greece created city-states which behaved like little countries and while constantly fought with one another.

In one of these city-states, Athens, a new form of government developed. It was to become the world’s first democracy and an example to peoples all over the world for centuries to come. Many other aspects of Greek life have lived on and influence our lives to the present day.

This book provides young readers with an excellent introduction to the lives and times of the Ancient Greeks. Plenty of annotated illustrations break up the text making the pages easy on the eye and interesting to look at. The author has chosen to present the history of the Ancient Greeks in an engaging way, including details which will attract the attention of readers of all kinds.

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