Western civilization began with the Greeks. From the highpoint of the fifth century BC through the cultural triumphs of the Alexandrian era to their impact on the developing Roman Empire, the Greeks shaped the philosophy, architecture and literature of the Mediterranean world. The careers of great political and military leaders like Pericles and Alexander the Great are highlighted and the importance of the great philosophers like Plato and Aristotle are demonstrated.
Mike Paine works as a bookseller, writer and musician in North London. He has written on Thomas Bernhard and Blaise Pascal, amongst others, and has played guitar for P.J. Harvey.