The Classics: All You Need to Know, from Zeus's Throne to the Fall of Rome

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Penguin, Oct 19, 2010 - Reference - 176 pages
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It's no myth: this lively refresher course fills in all you need to know about ancient studies-from Zeus's throne to the fall of Rome-in pithy little quips. It covers the impressive advances made by Greek and Roman societies, from language to medicine, from art to architecture. You'll learn:
The Greek alphabet, from alpha to omega The history and characteristics that define Greek and Roman architecture and its influence on modern building Greek and Latin words, which make up more than 30 percent of the words in the English language, and how you can build your vocabulary by learning the roots The Greek and Roman gods, the mythology surrounding them, and the part these figures play in our culture Almost 1,000 years of Greek and Roman history, from the birth of democracy to Caesar's empire The philosophies taught by Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and what their ideas have contributed to the world we live in today How modern cultural staples such as the Olympics were formed by classical literature written by authors such as Homer and Cicero
A fascinating introduction to the world that became the foundation for Western Civilization, The Classics puts the same information from stuffy textbooks at your fingertips in one entertaining read. Make this and all of the Blackboard Books(tm) a permanent fixture on your shelf, and you'll have instant access to a breadth of knowledge. Whether you need homework help or want to win that trivia game, this series is the trusted source for fun facts.


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The Greek alphabet
A touch of logorrhea
Et cetera et cetera et cetera
Singulars and plurals
Speaking of genera and species
The gods family tree
The female of the species
The Labors of Hercules
Roman buildings
On a smaller scale
Greek art
Math and science
So what about the Romans?
But they did invent some things
Back to basics

The Judgment of Paris
The birth of democracy
The Athenian Empire
Cue the beginning of the Golden Age
Off with the old
Romulus and Remus
The seven hills of Rome
The Roman Republic
Marius and Sulla
Pompey and Caesar
And after Caesar?
The Roman Empire
Homer and other Greek literary figures
The classical theater
Roman literature
Doric Ionic and Corinthian
Some important buildings
Other schools of thought
Roman philosophers
A classical education
The Olympics
Roman games
A final word

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