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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... poets were also recording their compositions in writing by then , and even using the new skill to help them in composition . Poetry continued to be an important vehicle for public expression in the seventh and sixth centuries , but it ...
... poetry are the didactic poets . Kallinos of Ephesus in the early seventh century and Mimnermos of Kolophon about 600 encouraged their fellow citizens in struggles against the nomadic Cimmerian invaders from south Russia and the ...
... poetry of early Greece is the first type of poetry outside heroic epic to emerge as a genre with a specific set of attitudes and responses , which reflect both the increasing importance of warfare and its changing nature . It belongs to ...
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