Aspects of Greek history, 750-323 BC: A Source-Based by Terry Buckley

By Terry Buckley

Facets of Greek historical past deals an vital advent to the vital interval of Greek historical past for all scholars of classics. bankruptcy through bankruptcy, the suitable old classes from the age of colonization to Alexander the nice are reconstructed. Emphasis is laid at the interpretation of the on hand assets, and the booklet units out to provide a transparent remedy of the entire significant difficulties inside of a chronological framework.The booklet covers: the most literary resources: Aristotle, Diodorus, Herodotus, Plutarch, Thucydides and Xenophon Greek political and armed forces historical past from the 8th century to Alexander's conquest of Persia. To ease knowing, the publication additionally contains maps, a thesaurus of Greek phrases and an entire bibliography.

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Books 1–2 cover the Ionian War (411–404) down to Athens’ surrender; the rule in Athens of a narrow oligarchy, known as the Thirty Tyrants (404–403); and the restoration of democracy and the end of the Athenian civil war (403). Book 3 gives an account of the Spartan campaigns in Asia Minor under Thibron (400), Dercylidas (399–397) and king Agesilaos (396–395) against Persia with the alleged aim of liberating the Asiatic Greeks from Persian rule. This book also relates the formation of an anti-Spartan alliance between Boeotia and Thebes, and the defeat of a Spartan army at Haliartus in 395, which was the opening battle of the Corinthian War (395–386/7 – see Chapter 23).

His political success with the help of the hoplites would have set a precedent for others to follow. CYPSELUS OF CORINTH: THE ECONOMIC CAUSE The growth of trade and manufacture in the eighth and seventh centuries, encouraged by the need for raw materials, such as iron, and by the aristocrats’ desire for luxury goods, and given a further boost by colonization, affected the status of the aristocracy within their communities. New ways of acquiring wealth, other than from agriculture, were now open to ambitious entrepreneurs, and they did not hesitate to grasp their opportunities.

Herodotus was very aware that these northern Black Sea colonies acted as trading centres and consequently referred to them several times as ‘emporia’ (‘trading posts’). The second wave of Corinthian colonies, founded by Cypselus and his successors (c. 650–c. 582: see Chapter 3) in north-west Greece at Leucas, Anactorium, Ambracia, Apollonia and Epidamnus (with Corcyra), reflect the increasing importance of commercial motives for colonization. These colonies were key The causes of colonization in archaic greece 31 staging-posts on the trade route to Italy; they also provided access to the raw materials from the north-west, such as timber and flowers for Corinthian perfumes; and finally they supplied the base for Corinthian trade to increase its outlets in the interior, as can be seen from the early Greek bronzes found at Trebenishte.

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