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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... religion possesses derives to a large extent from the picture of the Olympian and subsidiary gods in Hesiod and Homer . On the other hand there is a whole area of the Greek religious experience , ignored by them and therefore by later ...
... religious delegates from Sicily sacrifice first before they sail ( to the Delphic festivals ) . ( Thucydides 6.3 ) This shrine was the common religious centre for the Sicilian colonies ; I argue in an article that it is the ultimate ...
... religious complexes , for instance the sixth century avenue of lions on Delos with its sacred lake , or the avenue of seated figures at Miletus . Similarly in sculpture : the main function of the kouros is as religious furniture . That ...
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