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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... Italy and Sicily and some parts of the rest of Greece . All these places were founded after the Trojan war . ( Thucydides 1.12 ) There are obvious weaknesses in this account . Thucydides had no knowledge of the extent of cultural ...
... Italy , north Africa , the Black Sea and south Russia ; he visited Sardis in Lydia , and Phoenicia ; he travelled up the Nile as far as Elephantine and down the Euphrates as far as Babylon , and probably also went to the Persian capital ...
... Italy along the same route ; Peloponnesian states were particularly involved , with Megarian colonies , a group of Achaean cities in the Ionian gulf , and Sparta's only foundation at Tarentum ( Taranto ) . A little later the islands and ...
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