A perennial favorite, Hamilton's best-selling title captures the spirit and achievement of Greece in the 5th Century BC. Excellent resource for introducing and understanding Greek culture and its effect on western civilization. Used in our Ancient History Through Literature study.
From the book: Five hundred years before Christ in a little town on the far western border of the settled and civilized world, a strange new power was at work . . . Athens had entered upon her brief and magnificent flowering of genius which so molded the world of mind and of spirit that our mind and spirit today are different. . . . What was then produced of art and of thought has never been surpassed and very rarely equalled, and the stamp of it is upon all the art and all the thought of the Western world.