Reminiscent of a of dearly loved professor many of us would long to know, Robinson wrote a succinct overview of life in Greece during the Greek Miracle. And, since much of our art, thinking and science is underpinned by this miracle, we should be keen to know all we can of it. This book is an excellent method for doing so. To be sure, it would make a superb textbook for such a history class.
Perhaps, more than any other book, it has helped me understand what we assume to have been original democracy - Athenian democracy within the city state. The arts, religion, politics, customs, war, architecture, home life and even the clothing are all revealed.
This pleasant journey to the Heroic Age of Athens and Sparta is one I have taken again and again; for, it is possibly my best didactic journey. Much like vacationing at one's favorite cliff side villa and returning each year, I've never grown weary of this pleasing book.
Cyril Robinson was a historian as well as a very human artist, which makes the read uniquely enjoyable.