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Assassins of Athens by Jeffrey Siger

By Jeffrey Siger

While the physique of a boy from one among Greece’s such a lot well-liked households turns up in a dumpster in a single of Athens’ worst neighborhoods, leader Inspector Andreas Kaldis of the Greek Police’s unique Crimes department is bound there’s a message within the homicide. yet who despatched it and why? Andreas’ politically unsuitable look for solutions takes him deep into the sordid, legal facet of Athens nightlife and directly to the glittering international of Athens society the place age-old frictions among outdated funds and new breed jealousy, homicide, revenge, revolutionaries, and a few very risky truths.

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The Athenians were faced with constant pressure to import grain, and to export residents to colonies around the Mediterranean basin. The need to colonize and expand had been a factor in the larger Greek world since at least the tenth century. At that time Greeks began to settle other lands 18 cleisthenes around the Mediterranean, founding cities such as Corcyra (modern Corfu), Cyrene on the North Africa coast (today’s Libya), Syracuse in Sicily, and Naples in Italy. Even a city as far west as Marseilles on the coast of France started out as a Greek colony.

S. desert Southwest. The prevailing Mediterranean wind came in from the west, and Attica, being on the east side of a mountain range, received even less rainfall than some of its immediate neighbors. The arable land in the plains of Attica stretched between the mountains and the sea, and it was highly valued for the cultivation of grains—primarily barley, but wheat and rye were also grown. Wheat was the preferred cereal because it was a finer grain when milled, but barley was the preferred crop because it was more drought tolerant.

Dramatic festivals for the god Dionysus probably became popular during the rule of Pisistratus and his sons. Pisistratus used traditional cult practices to consolidate his power and advance a sense of cohesion and civic identity among the Athenians. An anecdote in Herodotus illustrates how Pisistratus’s sense of political theater eased his first return from exile: he found an unusually tall and beautiful woman, and dressed and armed her like Athena. This image of the goddess rode into Athens on a chariot announcing that she was bringing Pisistratus back to rule.

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