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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... Persians , and ... ( Greek Historical Inscriptions no . 12 = 35F ) . The Persian interest in agriculture is well known ; the word ' paradise ' entered the Greek language from Persian , where it described their great cultivated pleasure ...
... Persians signalled to the Athenians that ' the cavalry is away ' . To combat the Persian superiority in numbers , the Athenians weakened their centre , so lengthening their line ; and to avoid the Persian archers they advanced at a run ...
... Persian viewpoint can be seen in Aeschylus ' play The Persians , the earliest surviving Greek tragedy , performed in ... Persian court : the Greek victory is seen as a Persian tragedy , and the play is an attempt to understand the ...
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