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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... land - distribution for whatever reasons , and so forced to colonize abroad . - Land was an important consideration in all colonies , even those which had other motives as well , for the new city had to be self - sufficient . But in ...
... land , though no evidence has yet been found for fortifications as early as the first arrival . The ' original allotment ' was the basis of the new colonial society ; as with inheritance on the mainland , the distribution was by lot and ...
... land tenure , because its prime function is usually to provide agricultural labour . Ancient authors were clearly at a loss to understand what effect Solon's measures had on land tenure . Solon himself said that he had not given equal ...
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