Early Greece

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Harvard University Press, 1993 - 353 síđur
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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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Preface to First Edition 1980 1
1
Preface to Second Edition 1993
2
Myth History and Archaeology
5
Sources
16
the Aristocracy
35
the Community
55
Euboean Society and Trade
69
The Orientalizing Period
81
Athens and Social Justice
181
the Aristocracy
201
the Economy
220
The Coming of the Persians
246
Sparta and Athens
262
The Great Persian War
288
Maps
302
Date chart
309

Colonization
102
Warfare and the New Morality
124
Tyranny
137
Sparta and the Hoplite State
159
Primary sources
315
Further reading
319
General index
343
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