The Story of the Greeks

The Story of the Greeks

By: H. A. Guerber
Published by: American Book Company
Publication Date: 1896

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PREFACE.

This elementary history of Greece is intended for supplementary reading or as a first history text-book for young pupils. It is therefore made up principally of stories about persons; for, while history proper is largely beyond the comprehension of children, they are able at an early age to understand and enjoy anecdotes of people, especially of those in the childhood of civilization. At the same time, these stories will give a clear idea of the most important events that have taken place in the ancient world, and, it is hoped, will arouse a desire to read further. They also aim to enforce the lessons of perseverance, courage, patriotism, and virture that are taught by the noble lives described.

A knowledge of ancient history, however superficial, is of very great value; and the classic legends are almost equally worth knowing, because of the prominent part they play in the world's literature. These tales make a deep impression on the minds of children, and the history thus learned almost in play will cling to the memory far more tenaciously than any lessons subsequently conned.

Many children leave school unaquainted with any history except of the United States; which, dealing with less simple and primitive times than that of Greece, is apt to be so unattractive that the child never afterwards reads any historical works. It has been my intention to write a book which will give children pleasure to read, and will thus counteract the impression that history is uninteresting.

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Elementary history of Greece, made up principally of stories about persons, giving at the same time a clear idea of the most important events in the ancient world and calculated to enforce the lessons of perseverance, courage, patriotism, and virtue that are taught by the noble lives described. Beginning with the legends of Jason, Theseus, and events surrounding the Trojan War, the narrative moves on to present the contrasting city-states of Sparta and Athens, the war against Persia, their conflicts with each other, the feats of Alexander the Great, and annexation by Rome. From the Yesterday's Classics reprints

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The Story of the Greeks: A Revised and Expanded Edition, Fourth Edition Reprint

The Story of the Greeks: A Revised and Expanded Edition, Fourth Edition
Reprinted in 2009 by Nothing New Press
Reprint edited by Christine Miller
Available formats: Paperback, Ebook
Series: The Story of Western Civilzation
Series Number: 3
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View Publisher's Preface for details about changes and editions made to the 1896 edition.

As with the other Guerber histories published by Nothing New Press, The Story of the Greeks is illustrated throughout with famous paintings of its historical subjects, and photographs of the places it describes. The pronunciation of personal and place names are carefully marked in the text upon their first occurrence. A complete timeline of the events and persons mentioned in the text, a comprehensive Recommended Reading list keyed to the chapters, and a thorough bibliography and index rounds out the book.


The Story of the Greeks Reprint

The Story of the Greeks
Reprinted in 2006 by Yesterday's Classics
Available formats: Paperback, Ebook
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This edition is an unabridged republication of the work originally published by American Book Company in 1896.



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