Eureka!: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ancient Greeks But Were Afraid to Ask

Eureka!: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ancient Greeks But Were Afraid to Ask

Language: English

Pages: 400

ISBN: 1782395164

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The ancient Greeks gave us our alphabet and much of our scientific, medical and cultural language; they invented democracy, atomic theory, and the rules of logic and geometry; laid the foundations of philosophy, history, tragedy and comedy; and debated everything from the good life and the role of women, to making sense of foreigners and the best form of government, all in the most sophisticated terms. But who were they? Peter Jones tells their epic story by breaking down each major period into a series of informative nuggets. Along the way he introduces the major figures of the age, including Homer, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, Euclid and Archimedes; explores the Greek myths and the role of the gods; provides fascinating insights into everyday life in ancient times; and shows us the very foundations of Western culture.

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Eureka!: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Ancient Greeks But Were Afraid to Ask













long as you won – and the status that went with it. Little was more shaming for an ancient Greek male in any sphere of life than to be seen as a loser. The Olympic Game would soon become the enormously popular Olympic Games and expand in number of events and spread of competitors till they became a pan-Greek celebration. So after some 200 years of Dark Age, Greeks were growing in confidence again, travelling, interacting and rediscovering their communal identity. Hesiod’s account of the birth of

Wilusa, ref1, ref2, ref3 women and Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, ref1 and child-bearing, ref1 creation of, ref1 in Herodotus’ histories, ref1 Hesiod and, ref1 Homer and, ref1 marriage and property, ref1, ref2 poets, ref1 Spartan, ref1, ref2 writing tablets, ref1 Xenophanes, ref1 Xenophon, ref1, ref2, ref3, ref4, ref5 Anabasis, ref1 Xenophon of Corinth, ref1 Xerxes, king of Persia, ref1, ref2, ref3, ref4 Zeno, ref1 Zenodotus, ref1 Zenon (landowner), ref1 Zeus averter of flies,

talent These are related to the weight of the coins. On the Attic standard, an obol is about 0.72 grams, a drachma 4.31 grams, a mina 431 grams (about 1 lb), a talent 25.86 kg (about 60 lb). Other cities adopted different weight standards. VALUE OF MONEY As ever, there are no meaningful correspondences between ancient Greek money and ours. One calculation suggests that, for a family of four in Athens c. 400 BC, the cost of living varied from 2.5 to 6 obols a day (see p. 178-9 on pay for jury

and took care to have everything else in a style worthy of my victory… Again, any splendour that I may have exhibited at home in producing plays or otherwise is naturally envied by my fellow citizens, but in the eyes of foreigners has an air of strength… And this is no vain folie de grandeur, when a man at his own private cost benefits not himself only, but his city: nor is it unfair that he who prides himself on his position should refuse to be treated equally with everyone else. If ever one

universal brand, an everyman: he captured the imagination not just of peoples with whom he came into contact but also of those who had heard of and wondered at his story. Hebrew legend makes him a preacher and prophet, Christian Greek legend an obedient servant of God. In the European Middle Ages he became a chivalrous knight; for Persians, on the other hand, he was an arch-devil, Satan himself, because he destroyed the fire altars of the Zoroastrian religion. Because of his adventures in the

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