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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... remained powerful because they were rooted in a particular locality . Most of the central practices of Greek religion are as old as the later Dark Age . In Homer temples are mentioned , and on one occasion the cult statue housed there ...
... remained . In classical Greece a state would appoint as its representative abroad a native of the foreign state , who would belong to a prominent family in his city , as hereditary proxenos or guest - friend : the old concept of ...
... remained : at Sparta the military system and social coding rested ultimately on the andreia ( men's feasts ) and phiditia , in which old customs were transformed to meet the needs of the hoplite state ( p . 177 ) ; the poetry of Alkaios ...
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