Eureka!: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Ancient Greeks But Were Afraid to Ask - Classic Civilisations (Paperback)
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Eureka!: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Ancient Greeks But Were Afraid to Ask - Classic Civilisations (Paperback)

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The ancient Greeks gave us our alphabet and much of our scientific, medical and cultural language; they invented democracy, atomic theory, and the rules of logic and geometry; laid the foundations of philosophy, history, tragedy and comedy; and debated everything from the good life and the role of women, to making sense of foreigners and the best form of government, all in the most sophisticated terms.

But who were they? In Eureka!, Peter Jones tells their epic story, which begins with the Trojan War and ends with the rise of the Roman Empire, by breaking down each major period into a series of informative nuggets. Along the way he introduces the major figures of the age, including Homer, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, Euclid and Archimedes; explores the Greek myths and the role of the gods;provides fascinating insights into everyday life in ancient times; and shows us the very foundations of Western culture.

Eureka! is both entertaining and illuminating, and will delight anyone who ever wanted to know more about our ancient ancestors.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781782395164
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 28 mm
Edition: Main


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Like everything else Jones writes, Eureka! is packed with intriguing nuggets for novices and experts alike... He flits between the beautiful and the banal, never missing a good story, whether it is about glorious death or industrious donkeys. -- Natalie Haynes * The Times *

I love the fact that a book like this exists: populist and inclusive in intention, cultured in execution, and often cheerfully abstruse in content... Jones is a storyteller at heart, unashamed to entertain while educating by stealth, as all the best teachers do.

* Spectator *
Entertaining... a meze of Hellenic civilization in 500 bite-sized portions * Daily Telegraph *
An entertaining and informative read that will be enjoyed by dusty scholars, bright-eyed Classics newbies and general readers alike. A sheer joy of a book. * The Lady *

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“Hugely Enjoyable.”

Easily understandable and very informative this is a hugely enjoyable romp around Ancient Greece.

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