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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... established its legal , political and religious institutions : ' he drew a wall round the city and built houses , and made temples of the gods and divided the fields ' , as Homer says in the passage about Phaeacia , which may well ...
... established , they received peripheral land and were excluded from positions of privilege . A class structure was quickly re - established , though one which because of its novelty was more nakedly based on wealth rather than hereditary ...
... established run to Egypt . Serious trading relations with Egypt in fact began with the foundation of the Saite dynasty of Psammeti- chos I ( Psamtik , 664-610 ) ; by the reign of Amasis ( 570-26 ) , this trade was sufficiently important ...
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