By Robert Garland
Old Greece comes alive during this exploration of the day-by-day lives of standard people-men and girls, youngsters and the aged, slaves and foreigners, wealthy and negative. With new info drawn from the most up-tp-date examine, this quantity offers a wealth of knowledge on each element of historical Greek existence. notice why it used to be more suitable to be a slave than an afternoon laborer. study cooking equipment and ideas of historic conflict. discover Greek mythology. find out how Greeks foretold the long run. comprehend what lifestyles was once like for ladies, and what winning attitudes have been towards sexuality, marriage, and divorce. This quantity brings old Greek existence domestic to readers via various anecdotes and first resource passages from modern authors, permitting comparability among the traditional global and smooth life.A multitude of assets will interact scholars and readers, together with a Making Connections characteristic which bargains interactive and enjoyable rules for examine assignments. The concluding bankruptcy areas the traditional international within the current, overlaying 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 in depth print and nonprint bibliography, this quantity deals a distinct and descriptive examine probably the most influential eras in human historical past.
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In the Greek world, there was no menacing equivalent of Big Government. Nor were policy decisions made by faceless bureaucrats accountable only to their immediate superiors. On the contrary, the Athenian citizenry or dêmos, which consisted of all adult males over the age of about twenty, was completely sovereign. The dêmos wielded its formidable power through a voting assembly known as the ekklêsia, which met approximately four times a month, although extraordinary meetings could be called at times of emergency.
Athens took the final steps along the road to a radical or participatory democracy. It was a political system without modern parallel. The Greek notion of dêmokratia, or “power in the hands of the people,” was very different from our system of democracy. In the Greek world, there was no menacing equivalent of Big Government. Nor were policy decisions made by faceless bureaucrats accountable only to their immediate superiors. On the contrary, the Athenian citizenry or dêmos, which consisted of all adult males over the age of about twenty, was completely sovereign.
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