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 standard people-men and girls, childrens and the aged, slaves and foreigners, wealthy and bad. With new info drawn from the most up-tp-date learn, this quantity provides a wealth of data on each point of historic Greek existence. observe why it used to be more suitable to be a slave than an afternoon laborer. learn cooking tools and principles of historic battle. discover Greek mythology. learn the way Greeks foretold the longer term. comprehend what lifestyles was once like for ladies, and what triumphing attitudes have been towards sexuality, marriage, and divorce. This quantity brings historical Greek existence domestic to readers via a number of anecdotes and first resource passages from modern authors, permitting comparability among the traditional global and glossy life.A multitude of assets will have interaction scholars and readers, together with a Making Connections function which bargains interactive and enjoyable rules for learn assignments. The concluding bankruptcy areas the traditional global within the current, masking new interpretations just like the motion picture three hundred, the founding of contemporary 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 essentially the most influential eras in human heritage.

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In addition, and as a direct result of his strategy, there was a severe outbreak of plague, which is estimated to have carried off about one-third of the population. Among the plague’s victims was Perikles himself. e. , Athens launched an expedition to conquer the island of Sicily. e. e. Its citizens expected that the city would be totally destroyed, as many of Sparta’s allies urged. 20). The more cynical might argue that Sparta, thinking with foresight, wanted Athens to continue to exist as a counterweight to the growing power of its own allies.

In fact, Rome’s conquest of Greece constituted the single greatest interruption in the daily life of Greeks living on the mainland at any time in antiquity, and it is regrettable that we have very little evidence to help us form a picture of the consequences of this momentous event for those who remained. E. as a result of Roman intervention: At sea . . on my way back from Asia I was looking at the shores round about. Astern lay Aigina, before me lay Megara, on my right the Piraeus, and on my left Corinth—all once teeming cities, which now lie ruined and wrecked before our eyes.

It is far easier to argue in support of the theory that it was the Spartans and their allies who engineered the war. M. de Ste. Croix points out in his definitive study The Origins of the Peloponnesian War (1972), it was the Spartans who voted for war, they who committed the first warlike act, and they who launched the first major offensive. The aims of the two protagonists were not identical: that of the Peloponnesians was to bring about the destruction of Athens; that of the Athenians was to convince the enemy that they were unbeatable.

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