Ancient Greece: Discovering Ancient Greece!
Martin R. Phillips
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Ancient Greece is, without a doubt, one of the most fascinating cultures that our world has ever seen! Whether you look at their mythology, their history, or their philosophy, the Ancient Greek civilization has permeated our approach to, and understanding of, the world at large. It is impossible to tell the story of modern civilization without providing some recognition to the influence of Greece.
The Greek Empire was vast, encompassing over 700 individual city-states, 150-173 of which would form the Delian League in an effort to combat the onslaught of Persia. How did so many city-states come together under one rule? With only a fraction joining the Delian League, how did these city-states stay together in times of disagreement and conflict?
There are hundreds, if not thousands of questions regarding this vast and fascinating civilization. One could spend years and write many volumes on each period of the Ancient Grecian culture, history, and mythology. It has been my pleasure to assemble this research, and the voice of Greece itself (through reference to its own historians, including Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon.) I am excited to share with you an admittedly brief look at the civilization we know as Ancient Greece (a full history would take more pages than the unabridged Oxford English Dictionary and the Encyclopedia Britannica combined.)
In this book you will find the history and opinions of the Ancient Greeks. You will discover their truth and their mythology. You will learn of war and peacetime. There are heroes and villains, saints and scoundrels. You will find philosophies that changed the world, and continue to do so even to this day.
For the most part, the contents of this book are arranged topically as opposed to strictly chronologically to allow specific areas of interest in the Ancient Greeks and their civilization to be more easily accessible. However, care has been taken to include the approximate dates of people and events to give you a good idea of the chronology of the content.
The importance of the Greek civilization cannot be overstated. In nearly every facet of our lives, we can find something which had its roots, or took a new turn in Ancient Greece. When you go to the polls to elect an official, you are operating on a Greek principle. When you discuss the nature of life with others, you are performing a modified version of the Greek symposium. Even when you sit down to watch television, or read a book, you often find references to Trojan wars, Sparta and their role in the conflict with the Persians, the philosophy, or the character of the Greeks.
As you rediscover Ancient Greece, I encourage you to make note of how much of that vast and diverse civilization still lives on throughout our world today.
city-states in whatever way he so desired. In a gesture that was completely unexpected by these conquered city-states, Philip allowed the men to return to their homes and carry on within their cities as they had done before the conflict. Philip loved the culture of Greece, and wished for the territories he had conquered to retain their individuality. Philip would die in 336 BC, just before mounting his ultimate plan of invading the vast and powerful empire of Persia, at the hands of one of his
of written language known as Linear A and Linear B. While Linear B was largely deciphered in the 1950s, Linear A remains indecipherable. As there are no written historical accounts that we’re presently aware of about the Mycenaeans by the Mycenaeans, historians have been able to trace their culture through by tracking their pottery. The Mycenaeans get their name from archaeologists of the 19th century from the name of their capitol city of Mycenae, which is located about 56 miles (90
The Roman Empire Conclusion Bonus! INTRODUCTION Thank you for downloading the book, Ancient Greece: Discovering Ancient Greece! Ancient Greece is, without a doubt, one of the most fascinating cultures that our world has ever seen! Whether you look at their mythology, their history, or their philosophy, the Ancient Greek civilization has permeated our approach to, and understanding of, the world at large. It is impossible to tell the story of modern civilization without
to the common people. He offered the people prosperity by lowering taxes and doling out free loans, not only to ensure that the people were in his favor, but also to build up the polis itself. Under the rule of Peisistratus, Athens was transformed from a smaller rural polis into a center of trade and innovation. The rule of Peisistratus was a great departure from the aristocracy which had dominated Athens and, indeed, most of Greece during this time. Upon his death, tyranny (the rule) of
These years of conflict with the Persians had certainly taken their toll on Greece and its people, however, with victory came a new kind of unification among the Greek poleis, and gave rise to the golden age of Greece. CHAPTER 5 Pericles and the Golden Age Also called the classical age, the golden age of Greece lasted between about 480-300 BC. Although the Athenians and the Spartans came together to fight the Persians, they would remain rivals throughout most of their existence in the