Antiquity: Greeks and Romans in Context

Antiquity: Greeks and Romans in Context

Frederick G. Naerebout, Henk Singer

Language: English

Pages: 466

ISBN: 2:00232858

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

"Antiquity: Greeks and Romans in Context" provides a chronological introduction to the history of ancient Mediterranean civilizations within the larger context of its contemporary Eurasian world.Innovative approach organizes Greek and Roman history into a single chronology. Combines the traditional historical story with subjects that are central to modern research into the ancient world including a range of social, cultural, and political topics. Facilitates an understanding of the ancient Mediterranean world as a unity, just as the Mediterranean world is in its turn presented as part of a larger whole. Covers the entire ancient Mediterranean world from pre-history through to the rise of Islam in the seventh century A.D.Features a diverse collection of images, maps, diagrams, tables, and a chronological chart to aid comprehension. English translation of a well-known Dutch book, "De oudheid," now in its third edition

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of the Etruscans, where, as far as we know, the indigenous Italic populations The Social Fabric lived in a state of serfdom. Greek colonies in Sicily, such as Syracuse, and presumably many Greek cities on the coasts of the Black Sea, had also reduced the indigenous populations in the vicinity to a form of serfdom, if not downright slavery. Citizens with inferior status The cases referred to in the preceding text concerned population groups that although not formally slaves, were kept apart

The weapons of both parties also underline the contrast: the Greeks wield spears, the Persians fight with broadswords, and probably preferably with bow and arrows. The background to these images is the warfare between Greeks and Persians in the first quarter of the 5th century BC, even though the imagery seems to be based more on pre-existing models used to depict Greeks battling Amazons than on observation of the actual battlefield. The barbarians are fighting a losing battle: the Persians are no

oligarchy, and everything in between. The Athenian democracy was imitated elsewhere in the Greek World, and other poleis turned to democracy of their own accord. It was only in the days of Alexander the Great that democracy became the dominant polity among Greek poleis. Before that, at least as far as our rather scanty sources allow us to tell, tyrannies, oligarchies, and democracies occurred in more or less equal numbers. Especially outside the Greek motherland, tyrannies remained a common

common. On a higher level, the “other” was not so much the neighboring polis, but the non-Greeks out there. Since the 6th century, in Greek eyes the main division between human beings was the one between Greeks on the one hand and barbarians on the other. A barbaros was a human being who could not speak Greek and whose uncouth language went like “barbarbarbar.” They lacked true civilization. The distinction was one of culture and not of race: one could learn Greek and adopt Greek ways, and thus

absolute, a question of fusis, nature, and thus eternal and universal; or whether the ideas about what is right and what is wrong depend on whose ideas we are speaking of, a question of nomos, 173 174 500–300 BC Figure 23 Athenian reliefs with two groups of dancers (323 BC). These reliefs, found on the Acropolis and now in the Acropolis Museum, are on two different sides of a base that once carried a statue. The base formed part of a victory monument: a monumental structure with which a

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