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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... clearly increasing Athenian interest in Black Sea corn . During the war Pittakos killed the Athenian leader in single combat , and Alkaios threw away his shield ( Herodotus 5.94 ; Strabo 599 ) : Alkaios is safe , his weapons of war are ...
... clearly recognized their new political importance . But the hollowness of his claims was revealed when Myrsilos died : ' Now we must get drunk , drink to excess , for Myrsilos is dead ' ( Frag . 332 ) . The people thought otherwise ...
... clearly mentioned the subject of the abolition of debts . These speculations , along with many by modern scholars , have been discredited by the proof that coinage proper was not invented until the late seventh century , and not minted ...
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