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The Ancient Greeks For Dummies

By: Stephen Batchelor Published: 09-02-2008

The civilisation of the Ancient Greeks has been immensely influential on the language, politics, educational systems, philosophy, science and arts of Western culture. As well as instigating itself as the birthplace of the Olympics, Ancient Greece is famous for its literature, philosophy, mythology and the beautiful architecture- to which thousands of tourists flock every year.

This entertaining guide introduces readers to the amazing world of the Ancient Greeks. It offers a complete rundown of Greek history alongside fascinating insights into daily life in Ancient Greece and a captivating overview of Greek mythology. Readers will discover how this ancient culture came to be the cornerstone of Western civilisation and the enormous influence it has had on our language, politics, education, philosophy, science, arts and sport.

  • The history of Ancient Greece remains a wide topic of interest, particularly renowned for its influential and diverse culture
  • This basic guide will allow greater access to this vibrant area of study, and provide a distinct and light-hearted approach to this vast area history
  • Covers dozens of topics, including; the early civilisations, war & fighting, home & family, day-to-day life and much, much more!

About the author

Steve Batchelor is a lecturer in Classics at Richmond College and has been teaching ancient history for 10 years. He has written reviews for various publications, including History Today, and he has also been involved in running guided historical tours of Greece.

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Mythology For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 10-27-2021

Many cultures create a mythology to help explain the workings of the world. Western civilization is most familiar with the gods and goddesses of Greek and Roman mythology, who have comparable powers, but different names. And mythology is created often in response to human history, so a historical timeline can be a good reference to have.

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Ancient Greece Timeline

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Keep this helpful timeline in hand to remind yourself of the significant periods of time and essential events that took place throughout this important part of world history. 2600 BC: Beginning of the Minoan Period 1450 BC: Development of Linear B writing 1400 BC: Foundation of Mycenaean Palaces Bronze Age 1370 BC: Palace complex at Knossos destroyed. Minoan civilisation comes to an end. c.1250 BC: The Trojan War 1200 BC: Destruction of Mycenaean Palaces. Doric invasions 1000 BC: End of Mycenaean civilisation Iron Age 776 BC: First Olympic Games c.750 BC: The Iliad and the Odyssey composed. Greek alphabet established. Greek colonies established in Sicily and Southern Italy 630 BC: Colony of Cyrene established 594 BC: Solon renews the laws of Athens. 508 BC: Kleisthenes reforms the Athenian constitution and Athens becomes a democracy! 490 BC: Battle of Marathon: Greece versus Persia I (Greece wins!) 483 BC: Athenians discover silver in the mines at Laureion. 480 BC: Battle of Thermopylae: Greece versus Persia II. Battle of Salamis 479 BC: Battle of Plataea (Greece wins . . . eventually!) 477 BC: Athens establishes the Delian League. 461–445 BC: First Peloponnesian War: Athens versus Sparta (draw) 431–404 BC: Second Peloponnesian War: Athens versus Sparta (Sparta wins.) 430 BC: Plague in Athens 429 BC: Death of Pericles 415 BC: Athenian expedition to Sicily defeated 399 BC: Socrates tried and executed 359 BC: Philip II becomes king of Macedonia. 356 BC: Alexander the Great born 331 BC: Alexander the Great defeats the Persians at Gaugamela and becomes the new King of Persia! 323 BC: Death of Alexander the Great 322 BC: Death of Aristotle 300 BC: Ptolemy the Great founds the library at Alexandria. 214 BC: Philip V of Macedon defeated by the Romans 172 BC: Macedonia becomes a Roman province. 146 BC: Romans invade Greece and take control. Ancient Greece comes to an end.

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Map of Ancient Greece

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Want to impress people with your knowledge of Ancient Greece? Print out and pin up this handy map as a quick and useful point of reference.

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