Jennifer T. Roberts and Tracy Barrett weave an array of primary sources into a rich history of these politicians, generals, soldiers, slave, farmers, merchants, craftsmen, philosophers, poets, scientists, and playwrights, who shaped the ancient Greek world. The epic poet Homer's writings not only describe the Trojan War but also provide instructions on everything form how to build a boat to the proper way to behave in an embarrassing situation. An ornate drinking cup and the Parthenon demonstrate the Greek's artistic and architectural genius. An inscription of a Greek law decrees that anyone who refuses to sail off to found a new colony shall be punished by death. A little girl's epitaph reflects her parents' grief over the tragic loss; another for Spartan soldiers celebrates the honor of dying in combat. The eloquent writings, artifacts, and monuments of the book renders the lives of ancient people in vivid and poignant detail.