Friday, July 28, 2023

Review of Ancient Greece: From Beginning To End by Stephan Weaver

This book review was written by Eugene Kernes   

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“The Archaic Period was the epoch that ushered in the Republics, supplanting the Monarchies.  It was also the period that bore the institution of laws (Draco’s reforms in Athens), pottery and sculpture peculiar to Greece and the minting of the first coins.  The great Panathenaeic Festival was also instituted.  All these laudable developments paved the way for the emergence and the glory of the Classical Period of Greece” – Stephan Weaver, Chapter II, Page 7

“During the Classical period, Greece reached the summit of its glory and took the world by its breath.  It was the time in which modern thinking, art, literature, science and philosophy, began to take their first steps; it was when democracy literary took its first breath; the Classical era was the extraordinary period that gave life to the greatest thinkers of our world – Socrates, Plato, Aristotle where but a few.” – Stephan Weaver, Chapter III, Page 14

“The Hellenistic Period of Greece began in 323 BC following Alexander the Great’s death and ended in 31 BC after the invasion of the Roman Republic.  The period is characterized by the spread of Greek civilization, thinking, language and more throughout the whole of the eastern Mediterranean region, and Southwest Asia.” – Stephan Weaver, Chapter IV, Page 21


Is This An Overview?

Ancient Greece had gone through various political changes.  Removing the monarchy in favor of a republic.  Developing a democracy.  The earlier cultural developments set foundations that enabled the later cultural successes.  A culture that enabled the rise of various world renown philosophers that changed how people think.  A culture bound to mythical sentiments.  Greek culture was acknowledged as valuable by other states.  Alexander the Great expanded Greek culture, which others further spread during the Hellenistic Period.  The fall of Ancient Greece was partly due to the Roman Empire, which had undermined Ancient Greece’s sovereignty.  The Greek kingdoms lacked the unity needed to defend themselves. 



A very short book about a long period of time.  The book introduces the reader to Ancient Greece, tempting the reader into searching for more information about Ancient Greece.  The shortness of the book means that there are a lot of details missing.  The details presented are simplified.  The simplified details can misrepresent events.  

Questions to Consider while Reading the Book

•What is the raison d’etre of the book?  For what purpose did the author write the book?  Why do people read this book?
•What are some limitations of the book?
•To whom would you suggest this book?
•What were the political changes in Ancient Greece?
•What were the cultural changes in Ancient Greece?
•How did Ancient Greece influence the contemporary world?
•How did Alexander the Great influence Greek culture?
•How did the Roman Empire effect Greece?
•What caused the Greek kingdoms decline? 
•What is a tyrant in Ancient Greece? 
•What are the Olympic games?

Book Details
Publisher:             Stephan Weaver
Edition ISBN:      2940154920251
Pages to read:       30
Publication:          2017
1st Edition:           2017
Format:                 eBook 

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    5
Content          1
Overall          1