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By Thomas R. Martin

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1996 (first edition)

In this compact but complete background of historic Greece, Thomas R. Martin brings alive Greek civilization from its Stone Age roots to the fourth century B.C. targeting 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 publication that would attract scholars and basic readers alike.

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

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

"A polished and informative paintings that would be important for normal readers and students."- Daniel Tompkins, Temple college

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Today this Cretan society is called Minoan after King Minos, the legendary ruler of the island. The palaces housed the rulers and their servants and served as central storage facilities, while the general population clustered around the palaces in houses built one right next to the other, in smaller towns nearby, and in country houses in outlying areas. , but the Minoans rebuilt on an even grander scale in the following centuries. Accounting records preserved on clay tablets reveal how these large structures served as the hubs of the island’s top-down, redistributive economy.

Debate continues over the location of the homeland of the earliest Indo-Europeans, but the most likely suggestion seems to be either central Asia or Anatolia. Recent though controversial research in computer analysis of linguistic evidence seems to tip the balance in favor of Anatolia. , according to the also controversial hypothesis that aggressive peoples at that time moved in large groups across vast distances. The Greeks of the historical period are then seen as the descendants of this group of invaders.

Although neither Mycenae nor any other of the settlements of Mycenaean Greece ever ruled Bronze Age Greece as a united state. d. of treasure-filled graves at Mycenae thrilled the European world. Constructed as stone-lined shafts, these graves entombed corpses buried with golden jewelry, including heavy necklaces festooned with pendants, gold and silver vessels, bronze weapons decorated with scenes of wild animals inlaid in precious metals, and delicately painted pottery. The first excavator of Mycenae, the businessman-turned-archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, thought that he had found the grave of King Agamemnon (fig.

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