Ancient Greece

From the Series Understanding World History
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The ancient Greeks introduced democracy, the theater, science and philosophy to the civilized world but life on the Mediterranean peninsula could also be cruel and violent. Many of the country's estimated 2,000 city-states were constantly at war, particularly the two largest: Athens and Sparta. These longtime enemies eventually fought a conflict that would last 27 years, weakening the entire country and making Greece ripe for conquest by invaders.

Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Copyright 2013
Genre Nonfiction
Publisher ReferencePoint Press
Series Understanding World History
Language English
Number of Pages 96
Lexile 1220
ISBN 9781601522849, 9781601522856, 9781601522849B
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted ebook, Print + Ebook
Release Date 2012-08-01
Author Hal Marcovitz
Dewey 938


The Understanding World History series first lays out the sequence of events in each period of history and then explains how these events shaped what happened next. Each title begins with a time line, helping students fix the period of history in their minds while providing them with a broad overview. Titles also include an annotated list of important people in the back matter. Page designs incorporate a parchment-paper background, and many of the illustrations are by artists of the period and often include maps and boxes to highlight particular subjects, such as “The Greek Chorus,” in Ancient Greece. This title combines mythology, history, and politics and provides an enlightening perspective on the treatment of women in the cultures of Athens and Sparta. Students with an appetite for the grisly will especially enjoy The Black Death, with its vivid descriptions of the disgusting living conditions and shocking medical treatments used by medieval people to combat the incredibly deadly disease. Artists and philosophers are the focus of The Renaissance, along with scientists like Newton. Also discussed is the tension between religion and humanism. These concise treatments of important historical subjects should help students get a firmer grasp on what happened when, and why we still care.

Author: Hal Marcovitz

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