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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... reforms as the spokesman of the oppressed against the aristocracy ; and he was expected to be considerably more radical than in fact he was . His later poetry is full of defence of himself against those who had hoped that he would go ...
... reforms . Ultimately the quality of justice depends as much on the detailed provisions of the law as on its administration . Solon's lawcode was his most important and most lasting reform . Even from the scattered evidence which remains ...
... reforms merely as a series of political manoeuvres to the advantage of himself and the Alkmeonidai . If this was his intention his failure was complete . He himself is not heard of after his reforms : he may have died , or been ...
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