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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... story - teller ; but the clearest tendency is to impart a moral dimension to the past . Events are preserved in a framework in which the hero moves from prosperity to over - confidence and a divinely sanctioned reversal of fortune ...
... stories suggests an interesting conclusion . Behind the preservation of the past in Ionia lies a moralizing tradition of story - telling found in mainland Greece only at Delphi , a tradition of which Herodotus is himself a ...
... story of the birth and upbringing of the first imperialist , Sargon King of Akkad : My changeling ( ? ) mother conceived me , in secret she bore me . She set me in a basket of rushes , with bitumen she sealed my lid . She cast me into ...
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