Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times (2nd by Thomas R. Martin

By Thomas R. Martin

Publish yr note: First released in 1996 (first edition)
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In this compact but entire historical past of old Greece, Thomas R. Martin brings alive Greek civilization from its Stone Age roots to the fourth century B.C. concentrating on the improvement of the Greek city-state and the society, tradition, and structure of Athens in its Golden Age, Martin integrates political, army, social, and cultural heritage in a publication that would entice scholars and normal readers alike.

Now in its second edition, this vintage paintings now positive aspects new maps and illustrations, a brand new advent, and updates all through.

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"A limpidly written, hugely obtainable, and finished background of Greece and its civilizations from prehistory throughout the cave in of Alexander the Great's empire. . . . A hugely readable account of historic Greece, rather important as an introductory or evaluation textual content for the scholar or the final reader."-Kirkus Reviews

"A polished and informative paintings that may be precious for basic readers and students."- Daniel Tompkins, Temple collage

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Finally, both linguistic and archaeological evidence was taken to mean that Indo-European males were warlike and competitive. Since the language of the Greeks, the fundamental component of their identity, indisputably came from Indo-European origins, they represented one linguistically identifiable group descended from Indo-European ancestors. The most controversial interpretation of the significance of the early Indo-Europeans argues that they invaded Europe in waves and imposed patriarchal, hierarchical, and violent values on the peoples they found there.

These troubles, whose duration we cannot accurately gauge, apparently caused numerous groups of people to leave their homes, seeking new places to live, or at From Indo-Europeans to Mycenaeans 41 least weaker victims to plunder. These movements of peoples throughout the eastern Mediterranean and the Near East further damaged or even destroyed the political stability, economic prosperity, and international contacts of the civilizations of most of these lands, including that of the Mycenaeans. This period of violent turmoil certainly lasted for decades; in some regions it may have gone on much longer.

Michael Ventris, a young English architect interested in codes, startled the scholarly world in the 1950s by demonstrating that the language being written with Linear B was in fact Greek and not the Minoan language of Linear A. , they meant that the palace administration had for some time been keeping its records in a foreign language—Greek— rather than in Cretan. Presumably this change in the language used for official record keeping means that Greek-speaking Mycenaeans from the mainland had come to dominate the palaces of Crete, but whether by violent invasion or some kind of peaceful accommodation remains unknown.

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