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.
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Easy to listen to.
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.
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everyone is a product of the history of Greece
What did you love best about A History of Greece, Volume 2?
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.
What other book might you compare A History of Greece, Volume 2 to and why?
The history of Rome.
What does Charlton Griffin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
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.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
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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- Arnar Styr Björnsson
Good overview of Greek history
It is a very good overview. Maybe of the serious student, another book is good for a fuller understanding of ancient Greece.
- Mr. R. J. Lucas
Narratively reasonably compelling and well-delivered in those plumby patrician tones that seem to come with the territory (albeit with a few mispronounciations). But contemporary sensibilities are likely to struggle with the author's high British Empire grasp of race, nation, East-West binaries, miscegenation, colonial policy etc: this history is itself a period piece. It's a shame the selection on Audible is tilted towards curiosities like this rather than more up-to-date scholarship.