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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... influence is pervasive , and the relative importance of the consequences of literacy is there- fore a question which is central to the understanding of early Greece . As Goody himself has emphasised in later books , what is ultimately ...
... influence was not exerted until Greek culture was already formed . It is in art that the influence was strongest . There are Egyptianizing tendencies in archaic pottery , both in individual motifs and in the style of polychrome ...
... influence of Median religion on the Persians at various periods ( it is not easy to distinguish between Persian and ... influenced the Christian conception of the struggle between God and Satan . It was a religion which impressed the ...
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