GREECE: A Book To Begin On by Sophia Harvati Fenton

GREECE: A Book To Begin On

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. . . for children of Greek ancestry particularly, for whom this estimable outline of Greek history and culture in 60 pages--Stone Age man to Nazi occupation, mythology to Resurrection Mass--will at least be touching upon familiar names and motifs; otherwise it seems a great draught for an eight-year-old to down. This notwithstanding the fact that Mrs. Fenton, herself Greek, does her best to make it palatable, pertinent, even pronounceable (via the phonetic equivalents of Greek names). Linked throughout are the themes of democracy and freedom--but why say that, in the form of the Persian invasion, ""Greece was threatened by slavery"" without acknowledging the existence of domestic slavery? (Neither, less surprisingly, is there mention of the present repressive regime.) But for a capsule presentation it is both clear and comprehensive--and effectively illustrated in the manner of Greek vase painting.

Pub Date: Oct. 20th, 1969
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston