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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... gods without any clear unifying principles . What unity Greek religion possessed , came late , as Herodotus claims : The origins of each of the gods , whether all of them had always existed , and their forms , were unknown to us until ...
... gods in terms of political and social relationships are characteristics which , if not epic in origin , derive their continu- ing impetus from epic . Such uniformity as Greek religion possesses derives to a large extent from the picture ...
... Gods It was resolved by the council and the assembly ; Themistokles son of Neokles of Phrearrhioi proposed : To entrust the city to Athene protectress of Athens and all the other gods , to give protection and defence against the ...
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