A History of Greece continues with the bitter struggle between Sparta and Athens for mastery of the Hellenic world. Though Sparta finally emerges victorious, her victory soon turns to ashes with the ascendancy of Thebes and the still greater power of Philip of Macedon. Philip unites an unwilling Greece with his iron policy. Athens gives up her independence, but maintains an aloof intellectual and artistic leadership in the Greek world. Across this magnificent fabric of history strides Alexander the Great, who takes the banner of Hellenic culture all the way across the Persian Empire and into India itself, a stunning event that altered the course of human history. This is followed by the Hellenistic age and the final subjugation of Greece by Rome. An incredible epic, indeed.
This is Volume 2 of A History of Greece (Unabridged). Have you heard Volume 1?
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I liked the style of this narrator. Combined with skillful writing, this book is easy to listen to. The English accent is not as strong as in some other audio history books. It is very detail, not at all just an overview, so if a short history is what you are looking for, this book is not for you. If you are seeking greater insight into the history of Greece, I would definitely recommend this book.
The description of all the political practices of the ancient nation states was fascinating and informative. Every type of government ever conceived was practiced by the Greeks or their neighbors, and nothing new under the sun has been invented. The descriptions included some analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of these forms of government, and these were used by our forefathers as they decided on how best to organize our government.
The history of Rome.
Listening to the book makes it all 3D, it gives depth to the descriptions and analysis that just is not there in the written text.
The description of the Spartan culture was fascinating, it reminds me so much of the modern communist societies. Everything was controlled by the state to include procreating, and the state was totally focused on defense.
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