Harvard University Press, 1993 - 353 síđur
Within the space of three centuries leading up to the great Persian invasion of 480 BC, Greece was transformed from a simple peasant society into a sophisticated civilization that dominated the shores of the Mediterranean from Spain to Syria and from the Crimea to Egypt--a culture whose achievements in the fields of art, science, philosophy, and politics were to establish the canons of the the Western world.
Oswyn Murray places this remarkable development in the context of Mediterranean civilization. He shows how contact with the East catalyzed the transformation of art and religion, analyzes the invention of the alphabet and the conceptual changes it brought, describes the expansions of Greece in trade and colonization, and investigates the relationship between military technology and political progress in the overthrow of aristocratic governments.
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... Athenian tradition it was Solon who was the founder of the Athenian state . Much of Solon's poetry survives , quoted in later sources ; our evidence for his work is therefore better than for any other event of early Greek history . If ...
... Athenian generals on the right plan , and there was clearly a strong suspicion that the Persians were waiting for Athenian traitors to make a move . The reason why the Athenians finally decided to attack is uncertain ; but the most ...
... Athenian Building Policy from 561 / o to 405/4 B.C. ( Groningen 1970 ) chs . 2-3 ; J. M. Camp Athenian Agora 39-48 . But the most illuminating book of all for the society of archaic Athens is the publication by A. E. Raubitschek of the ...
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