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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... attempted the latter , and his descriptions are often unbalanced by a search for comparisons and contrasts . He ... attempt at more detailed history . Thucydides pointed out many of the weaknesses of past history composed from oral ...
... attempt different approaches . The earliest ( the ' Macmillan aryballos ' , from which the painter derives his modern name ) shows a series of overlapping hoplite duels between single opposed warriors , and one between pairs . This is ...
... attempt by his two rivals , he made a marriage alliance with Megakles head of the Alkmeonidai , and returned to power about 558 ; but his refusal to breed heirs to unite the two families ( and so compromise the rights of his existing ...
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