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Daily Life of the Ancient Greeks (The Greenwood Press Daily by Robert Garland

By Robert Garland

Historic Greece comes alive during this exploration of the day-by-day lives of normal people-men and ladies, young children and the aged, slaves and foreigners, wealthy and bad. With new details drawn from the most up-tp-date study, this quantity offers a wealth of knowledge on each element of historic Greek existence. detect why it was once more advantageous to be a slave than an afternoon laborer. study cooking equipment and ideas of historical war. discover Greek mythology. find out how Greeks foretold the long run. comprehend what existence used to be like for ladies, and what triumphing attitudes have been towards sexuality, marriage, and divorce. This quantity brings old Greek existence domestic to readers via numerous anecdotes and first resource passages from modern authors, permitting comparability among the traditional global and smooth life.A multitude of assets will have interaction scholars and readers, together with a Making Connections function which deals interactive and enjoyable rules for learn assignments. The concluding bankruptcy locations the traditional international within the current, overlaying new interpretations just like the motion picture three hundred, the founding of recent Greece, and the ways that classical tradition nonetheless impacts our personal. With over 60 illustrations, a timeline of occasions, a word list of phrases, and an intensive print and nonprint bibliography, this quantity deals a special and descriptive examine some of the most influential eras in human heritage.

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Only Athens and Eretria responded. Such was the might of Persia that the revolt was doomed from the start. After it had been brutally quashed, the Persians launched a retaliatory expedition to punish those who had assisted their subjects in revolting. Having razed Eretria, they landed on the Attic coast close to the plain of Marathon in northeast Attica, intending to sack Athens. In view of their huge numerical superiority, the Persians confidently expected to achieve an easy victory. Instead the Athenians, aided only by a small contingent from a neighboring polis called Plataiai, achieved one of the most stunning military successes in history.

E. Courtesy akg-images, London: Weibezahl. 141). The meaning of this puzzling phrase was hotly debated in the assembly. Eventually, a politician named Themistokles persuaded his fellow countrymen to interpret it as an allusion to Athens’s newly built fleet. The majority of the population evacuated Attica, but a few Athenians interpreted the words literally and took refuge behind a wooden palisade surrounding the Acropolis, the highest defensible spot in Athens. The Persians began devastating the Attic countryside, sparing neither sanctuaries nor grave monuments.

The Periklean Age was one in which man’s reliance upon his unaided intellectual capacity has rarely, if ever, been so paramount. “Man is the measure of all things. Of the being of things that are, of the non-being of things that are not,” wrote Perikles’ contemporary, Protagoras of Abdera (a town on the coast of Thrace). Not all Athenians were prepared to tolerate this attack on conventional morality, however. Many, moreover, were deeply offended when Anaxagoras, a friend of Perikles, pronounced that the moon was not a god, as was popularly believed, but merely a lump of earth.

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