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Publisher's Summary

Explore the captivating history of ancient Greece  

The culture and events of Greece were so influential they have a significant effect on modern-day people all over the world. The ancient Greeks gave birth to democracy, a political system frequently used and considered by some as the best form of government. Great minds from Greece also made incredible and vital discoveries such as the water mill, the basics of geometry and using medicine to cure illness. The ancient Greek philosophers laid the groundwork for a whole new field of thought and study. Ancient Greece offered the foundation of the Olympic games, which still run regularly today. Particularly famous historical figures such as Alexander the Great and Cleopatra also had ties to and roles during Greek history, through the course of wars and empire expansion.

Given the influence of Ancient Greece, as you learn about this time and place, you will learn about your history and the origins of the people, places, and institutions you likely regularly studied in school. Starting in the Dark Ages, this audiobook will take you on a captivating journey through the darkness, democracy, discovery, and development of Western Civilization.

Some of the topics covered in this audiobook include:

  • Dawn of the Dark Ages
  • From darkness to democracy
  • Olympic origins
  • Greece grows from war to war
  • The fight for democracy
  • The Peloponnesian War
  • Enter Alexander the Great
  • Great minds of Ancient Greece
  • Roman take-over
  • Cleopatra and her consorts
  • Hadrian’s travels
  • Gothic raids on Greece
  • Rise of Christianity
  • End of antiquity
  • And much more!

Get the audiobook now and learn more about ancient Greece.

©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History

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A nice introduction to Ancient Greek history.

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My primary interest in history is Medieval Europe, but I felt that I needed to enhanced understand the bookends that are the Classical and Modern periods of European history to complement my studies of Medieval history.

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narrator terrible

this guy can’t pronounce anything, like he did zero research before reading Greek names. how did no one pay a professor to review these 2 hours? i’m getting this refunded :/

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Interesting Comparative History,Fantastic

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Greece and Rome: An Integrated History is unlike all the other lecture series' 've listened to from Teaching Company/Great Courses. It plumbs the depths of the well-known Greco-Roman story from a higher altitude than most, offering true glimpses of fresh perspective. And that is quite an accomplishment.

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Ancient Greek history and this book was ideal

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The author uses modern history, social science and economics to provide insights into the rise and fall of classical Greece particularly it's efflorescences that were unmatched until modern times.

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Great gift - especially this holiday season!

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Excellent book about Ancient Greek History, very interesting and pleasant to read and find valuable information about Ancient Greek culture and history.

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detailed insight of Ancient Greece.

I read it with great interest and liked it very much. Professor Martin's book is written in an easy way though it is most serious and very well documented. I think it's perfect for an approach to Greece's antiquity!

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incudrs geography and culture into this.

Well organized and well written. Good review on the beginnings of ancient Greece. Several thought provoking topics right from the start. Being used as a textbook on Ancient Greece providing good information for research and written assignments.

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It is indeed superb summary.

The writing is clean and crisp, at times superb. Surely he covers much ground and undoubtedly leaves gaps, but admits as much and tells you why. His approach is for the first-timer and he clearly explains what he's leaving out while offering a detailed list of sources for additional review.

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Excellent book that summarizes ancient Greece.

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If you feeling your knowledge about “ancient Greece” is poor, and you want to gain more. This audible may be a decent start for you.

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Nice introduction to Greek history

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On the beginnings of ancient Greece. Several thought-provoking topics right from the start. Being used as an audiobook on Ancient Greece providing good information for research and written assignments.

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  • Andrew
  • 04-05-18

Short but good history audible.

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This is a good book for someone who has never read at all about Greece in addition to a good overview for someone like myself with a moderate background in Greek history.

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  • Ella
  • 03-31-18

Best book of Ancient Greece

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The topic matter of Ancient Greece remains germane to our modern world, whether individuals wish to trust it or not during this pragmatic period that seeks to equalize all periods and cultures. In reading about the Ancient Greeks, we see the nucleus of our own current world.

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  • James
  • 04-05-18

My dreamland, "GREECE".

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A great book for a perfect synopsis on Greece's role in ancient history and the exceptional contributions Greece contributed to western civilization.

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  • Lep
  • 04-05-18

Well described indeed.

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The author provides a good accounting of the social and political developments in Greece, with a lot of attentiveness on the Athens city state. All the areas well described and investigated.

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  • Jimme
  • 04-05-18

Indeed enjoyed my time with this book.

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Two things that I enjoy about this book are author’s dealings with the Greek dark ages, and his insistence to give every period in Greek history fair attention

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  • Cotham
  • 04-05-18

This book is purely an overview.

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The author is not given as much attention as he should. I assume because the author was trying to focus more on what was happening in Greece during Alexander's reign. I think that this is one of the strengths of the book.

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  • Mark
  • 04-05-18

Recommended Introductory history of Greece

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The author’s Ancient Greece is basically a summary of Ancient Greece that starts with the early history of Greece and ends with the fall of the Inheritor kingdoms

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  • Gosforth
  • 04-05-18

Best available.

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A decent introduction to ancient Greece and its thoughtful cultural accomplishments.


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  • ahamd
  • 04-05-18

Excellent text, great service.

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While the book is a well-researched and high level overview of the history of Greece, due it's attempt to cover a long piece of history, it often covers topics in a way that feels too brief.

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  • Peter
  • 04-05-18

There's a lot of good informational content.

Easy to understand. The author has organized this book so as to keep a linear thought process about the context.