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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... later gene- rations , but also because the sources from which we can reconstruct the legends are themselves scattered and very late , and have often been reworked and expanded to suit literary or quasi - historical needs : there is a ...
... later comers . The first settlers thus became a colonial aristocracy , owning the best land closest to the city ; this explains the common later government of the cities - a widely based cavalry aristocracy of some hundreds of families ...
Oswyn Murray. Parthenon frieze , carved by Pheidias more than a generation later . Certainly ' the men who fought at Marathon ' , the Maratho- nomachai , were still the archetypal warriors eighty years later , even after the main Persian ...
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