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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... aristocrats meant that as magistrates they could speak for their respective communities , and so involve them in international political relations for the first time . The transition from aristocratic household to city- state had been ...
... aristocratic : he resembles Kypselos in being a fringe figure within the aristocracy . He was certainly prepared to play the aristocratic game , both early in his career and after Myrsilos ' death , when he married into the family of ...
... aristocracy ; but they were recent phenomena , not found before the sixth century . A far older and more important form of social organization was that referred to often before , the aristocratic symposion . Its origins have been traced ...
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