Daily Life of the Ancient Greeks (The Daily Life Through by Robert Garland

By Robert Garland

Drawing at the most modern scholarship, this enticing, obtainable quantity brings historical Greek society - from food and drinks to literacy, the plight of the aged, the remedy of slaves, and lots more and plenty extra - vividly to existence; it additionally explores the mentalities and morals of standard old Greek voters in any respect societal degrees. greater than 40 illustrations are incorporated, as are maps, a chronology, a word list of Greek phrases, and recommendations for additional studying.

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Onward, the Athenians began to keep a list of their magistrates inscribed on stone. One of the principal reasons for the Greek renaissance may have been an increase in the size of the population. , the territory 14 Daily Life of the Ancient Greeks surrounding Athens) quadrupled and that in the next half-century it almost doubled again. Others, however, interpret the increase in the number of graves as evidence of an unusually high mortality rate, perhaps occasioned by drought and disease. Whatever the truth, it is important to bear in mind for our investigation that epidemics were a perpetual hazard in the summer months throughout Greek history, even though we rarely hear about them in our sources.

It takes its name from the fact that Hellenic or Greek culture was now disseminated over a very wide geographical area and was influencing many other cultures. One culture that fell under Greek influence in this period was Jewish. In Alexandria, for instance, where there was a very large Jewish population, Ptolemy II is said to have authorized a Greek translation of the Torah (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible), principally no doubt for the benefit of Jews who could not speak Hebrew. The translation, the Septuagint, was so named because it was alleged to have been the work of 70 translators.

The Persians began devastating the Attic countryside, sparing neither sanctuaries nor grave monuments. They easily overwhelmed those who were trying to safeguard the Acropolis and destroyed its temples and statuary, including the Parthenon’s unfinished predecessor. Because temples were roofed with wood, it was easy to start a conflagration, whether deliberately or by accident, and this is evidently what occurred. This was one of the most devastating acts in all of Athens’s history, and it had a profound impact on how the Athenians viewed the Persians.

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