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Eureka!: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Ancient Greeks But Were Afraid to Ask

Peter Jones (Author)

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Atlantic Books
01 August 2015
History; European history; Classical history & classical civilisation
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.
By:   Peter Jones (Author)
Imprint:   Atlantic Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   386g
ISBN:   9781782395164
ISBN 10:   1782395164
Series:   Classic Civilisations
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   01 August 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Peter Jones was educated at Cambridge University and taught Classics at Cambridge and at Newcastle University, before retiring in 1997. He has written a regular column, 'Ancient & Modern', in the Spectator for many years and is the author of various books on the Classics, including the bestselling Learn Latin and Learn Ancient Greek, as well as Reading Virgil's Aeneid I and II, Vote for Caesar and Veni, Vidi, Vici.

Reviews for Eureka!: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Ancient Greeks But Were Afraid to Ask

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


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