By Thomas R. Martin
Publish yr note: First released in 1996 (first edition)
In this compact but finished background of historic Greece, Thomas R. Martin brings alive Greek civilization from its Stone Age roots to the fourth century B.C. concentrating on the advance of the Greek city-state and the society, tradition, and structure of Athens in its Golden Age, Martin integrates political, army, social, and cultural historical past in a booklet that may entice scholars and common readers alike.
Now in its second edition, this vintage paintings now positive factors new maps and illustrations, a brand new creation, and updates all through.
"A limpidly written, hugely obtainable, and accomplished heritage of Greece and its civilizations from prehistory during the cave in of Alexander the Great's empire. . . . A hugely readable account of historic Greece, relatively necessary as an introductory or evaluate textual content for the coed or the final reader."-Kirkus Reviews
"A polished and informative paintings that might be worthy for common readers and students."- Daniel Tompkins, Temple college
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Extra info for Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times (2nd Edition)
Like their neighbors in Europe, the inhabitants of prehistoric Greece participated in the complex process of diffusion and in independent invention, which brought such remarkable technological and social changes in this period through the interacting effects of contact with others, sometimes very distant others, and local innovation. TWO From Indo-Europeans to Mycenaeans When did the people living in and around the central Mediterranean Sea in the locations that make up Greece become Greeks? No simple answer is possible, because the concept of identity includes not just the social and material conditions of life but also ethnic, cultural, religious, and linguistic traditions.
Specialization in the production of food and goods also meant that the specialists in these ﬁelds had no time to grow their own food or fashion the variety of things they needed for everyday life. They had to acquire their food and other goods through exchange. Society therefore became increasingly interdependent, both economically and socially. In the smaller villages of early Stone Age Greece, reciprocity had probably governed exchanges among the population of selfsufﬁcient farmers. Reciprocal exchange did not aim at economic gain but rather promoted a social value: I give you some of what I produce, and you in return give me some of what you produce.
The name or title potnia, referring to a female divinity as “mistress” or “ruler,” is very common in the tablets, emphasizing the importance of goddesses in Bronze Age religion. The development of extensive sea travel in the Bronze Age enabled not only traders but also warriors to journey far from home. Traders, crafts specialists, and entrepreneurs seeking metals sailed from Egypt and the Near East to Greece and beyond, taking great risks in search of great rewards. Mycenaeans established colonies at various locations along the coast of the Mediterranean, leaving the security of home to struggle for better opportunities in new locations.
Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times (2nd Edition) by Thomas R. Martin