"Readers looking for an authoritative account of almost any aspect of ancient Greek history should be thoroughly gratified, but they will not come away with a deep sense of this people's worldview and how it differed from our own."
"In a strong field of competitors, this one carries few championship qualities."
Of sophistry, slaughter, slavery, and, here and there, the smog that a visitor to Athens chews today while enjoying "the taste of ouzo with the sunlight filtering through a shady vine."
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