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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... Messenia , and so illegitimate – that is , a group excluded from the Messenian land - distribution for whatever reasons , and so forced to colonize abroad . - Land was an important consideration in all colonies , even those which had ...
... Messenian war . It presumably broke out as a conse- quence of the Spartan defeat at Hysiai in 669 ; but the tradition of ... Messenia was to have long term effects ; but the immediate consequence was a prosperity which is reflected in ...
... Messenia , and ( unlike the Cretan version which retained the old custom of sitting ) the syssition is a meal taken in the reclining position and divided into two parts , like the standard Greek symposion ( below ch . 12 ) ; this ...
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