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By Konrad H. Kinzl

This better half offers scholarly but available new interpretations of Greek heritage of the Classical interval, from the aftermath of the Persian Wars in 478 B.C. to the loss of life of Alexander the nice in 323 B.C.

Topics lined diversity from the political and institutional buildings of Greek society, to literature, paintings, economics, society, conflict, geography and the environment.
Discusses the issues of examining some of the resources for the period.
Guides the reader in the direction of a broadly-based knowing of the background of the Classical Age.

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George Grote’s arguments for placing the break at this point in his monumental History of Greece (1846–56) have therefore not been superseded: Even in 334 B . C . , when Alexander first entered upon his Asiatic campaigns, the Grecian cities, great as well as small, had been robbed of all their free agency, and existed only as appendages of the kingdom of Macedonia. Several of them were occupied by Macedonian garrisons, or governed by local despots who leaned upon such armed force for support. There existed among them no common idea or public sentiment, formally proclaimed and acted on, except such as it suited Alexander’s purpose to encourage.

1992) ‘The thirty years’ peace’ in: CAH 2 5 ‘121–46’ Loraux, N. (1986) The invention of Athens: the funeral oration in the classical city (trans. A. Sheridan) (Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press) Marchand, S. L. (1996) Down from Olympus: archaeology and Philhellenism in Germany, 1750–1970 (Princeton: Princeton University Press) McHardy, F. M. (1999) ‘The ideology of revenge in ancient Greek culture: a study of ancient Athenian revenge ethics’ (unpublished PhD thesis University of Exeter) Meier, C.

Thanks to the nature of the conflict, the phase which preceded and the one which followed the war appear at the same time to be connected with and yet separated by it. The war meant a serious blow for many Greek states. For instance, it could come about that a small polis could lose its entire citizen levy in a single battle (Thuc. 6: Ambrakia in Epeiros). Thucydides gives vivid examples of the process of moral decay precipitated by the war, which became particularly evident in the civil wars (Thuc.

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