• Classical Greece

  • A Captivating Guide to an Era in Ancient Greece That Strongly Influenced Western Civilization, Starting from the Persian Wars and Rise of Athens to the Death of Alexander the Great
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Jay Herbert
  • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Narrated by: Jay Herbert
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Publisher's Summary

Did you know that the classical Greek philosophers were the earliest people to believe that the earth was a sphere? Among them was Aristotle, the personal mentor of Alexander the Great, the man famous for conquering the whole (known) world.

Classical Greece is a period of only 200 years, but it is filled with exciting events that shaped the political thought of modern Western civilization. In these 200 years, the idea of democracy was born and developed, although their concept of democracy was much different than in modern times. Through the development of the polis, the ancient Greek society developed into its recognizable form of those with political rights and those without them.

And although Greece was able to develop its culture during this period, its territory was ravaged by many conflicts. They started as an uprising to bring down tyrants and oligarchs and as a defensive effort to fend off the Persian Empire. With aspirations to add Greece to its multi-ethnic empire, the Persian kings constantly attacked, prompting Greece to unite. But once the threat of conquest passed, the Greeks turned against each other and fought wars to determine which polis should become the predominant one.

You will find details such as:

  • The structure of poleis and their politics
  • Women's rights, or the lack of them
  • Oligarchy, tyranny, and democracy through the lens of the ancient world
  • How Greek poleis won their autonomy
  • Why Athens rose to power
  • How the Greeks educated their young
  • How tragedy and comedy shaped popular opinion
  • Why Sparta and Athens fought the Peloponnesian War
  • How a kingdom in the north, Macedon, came to dominate the whole of Greece
  • The conquest of Alexander the Great

Listen to the history of Classical Greece, and let your mind rediscover the past of a civilization that shaped modern Western political thought.

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I love history

As a lover of history, I love this series. I have forgotten so much about history over decades of time. This book helped refresh old memories and brought to light a lot of other interesting facts that I never knew. Our history is so rich and interesting that I never tire of reading or listening about it.

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This is one of my favorite time periods. Captivating History did a great job telling the story. I learned. A ton about this era. Narration is great, reminds me of the hold history videos we would watch in school, so there was nostalgia there. Again great job explaining everything and making it easy to understand

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a bit more indepth on history of Greece

this section was a bit better, both in terms of story and narration. I only found the narrator's inflection in certain areas to be a bit off-putting.

overall, I enjoyed the deeper discussion into the differences between the two biggest city-states of Athens and Sparta, as well as Alexander the Great. I did, however, find the Peloponnesian War a tad boring, even though I know it's important.

I would listen to this, coupled with Modern Greece, before attempting to listen to The History of Greece again. the narrator just got on my nerves too much to make it enjoyable.

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A great history!

I love that in this book captivating history touches on the great thinkers and great leaders in Greek history. All history is made up of wars in some part but in this book they explore what made Greece great! I love the chapter on Alexander the Great but all of it is worth reading. I found this book very entertaining and I highly recommend it.

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Excellent

This is very comprehensive and informative audio book on Classical Greece. Would highly recommend to others.

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Really informative short novel on The Classical Period.

Great and easy to understand the Greek City States period joining together to combat Persia, then to Athens ruling after and losing power In the Peloponnesian War to Sparta. All the way through the rise of Phillip in Macedonia and ending with his son Alexander the Greats conquering of Persia and explore more east then had been done before and his early death causing a upheaval because he would not make a successor.

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  • Helen Unsworth
  • 11-17-21

EXCELLENT ACCOUNT OF CLASSICAL GREECE

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. As one of the oldest civilizations, this book provides a brief outline of the period from 478 BC to 323 BC known as “Classical Greece”. It describes the different political systems, the rivalry between Athens and Sparta and their changing alliances. I recommend this book to anyone interested in Greek history.

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  • Swati
  • 11-07-21

AMZING

very good delighted It was a very good listen must buy if u wanna learn about greece