The Founders of the Western World: A History of Greece and Rome

Michael Grant, Author Scribner Book Company $27.5 (352p) ISBN 978-0-684-19303-8
Grant, author of two dozen books on Greece and Rome, attempts to show how the two cultures were ``inextricably intermingled.'' Instead of documenting this in systematic fashion, he presents a synthesis and update of his previous writings, recast on the basis of current research. This lively, terse, engaging history is a magnificent feast, marked by Grant's flair for the revealing detail and spiked with relevance for the present. Stressed is the enormous legacy that the Greeks adapted from Near Eastern art, literature, philosophy, religion and even city-state structure. We glimpse the Roman empire as a vast multiracial society that allowed an unprecedented measure of self-realization. If history for Grant is something made by great men, he also incorporates broad influences. For example, he points out key factors that made the Greek miracle possible--a favorable climate and ample leisure for the few. BOMC, QPB and History Book Club alternates. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/29/1991
Release date: 08/01/1991
Genre: Nonfiction
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