The Greek achievement: the foundation of the Western world

Front Cover
Penguin Books, Sep 7, 2000 - History - 494 pages
3 Reviews
The achievements of the ancient Greeks form the cornerstone of modern Western civilization. Charles Freeman's The Greek Achievement traces the entire course of ancient Greek history across thousands of years - from the Mycenaean and Minoan civilizations of the Bronze Age through the Arctic, Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods. This brilliant account celebrates the incredible range of Greek achievement: the architectural marvels of the Athenian Acropolis; the birth of drama and the timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles; Homer's epics; the philosophical revolutions of Plato and Aristotle; and the conquests of Alexander the Great. Lavishly illustrated with photographs and maps, The Greek Achievement paints a sweeping panorama of the ancient Greeks' world and provides a rich, contemporary overview of their enduring contribution to world civilization.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: The Greek Achievement: The Foundation of the Western World

User Review  - Christopher - Goodreads

Excellent book for those looking to brush up on the Greeks. Read full review

Review: The Greek Achievement: The Foundation of the Western World

User Review  - Andrea - Goodreads

Loved this book when I took my upper division level Greek History way back in another lifetime of completing my BS. I kept this book and have referred to it from time to time. One of the best texts for a class that I have read and actually enjoyed outside of novels. Read full review


Recreating the World of Ancient Greece
The Formation of the Greek World
Heroes and the Coming of the CityState

21 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2000)

About the Author:
Charles Freeman is a freelance writer living in the United Kingdom. He has been described as "full of the romance of archeology and the people who created it, and full of curiosity about the human side of the ancient world'.

Bibliographic information