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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... ancient times . Classical Greece was largely a cereal - eating culture , deriving its proteins from beans ( the ancient equivalent of a vegetarian , the Pythagorean , abstained from them ) , fish , and dairy produce from goats and sheep ...
... ancient evidence ( hymns , ritual , art ) even when it supports his theories , in favour of dubious structuralist hypotheses ; see the review of G. S. Kirk Times Literary Supplement 18 August 1978 p . 922–3 . D. L. Page Sappho and ...
... Ancient World ( Cambridge U.P. 1983 ) . The book of J. B. Salmon Wealthy Corinth ( Oxford U.P. 1984 ) is useful , but tends to play down the importance of trade and overseas contact . For the early history of Corinth see C. Roebuck ...
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