Aspects of Greek history, 750-323 BC : a source-based by Terry Buckley

By Terry Buckley

Aspects of Greek History deals an fundamental creation to the important interval of Greek historical past for all scholars of classics. bankruptcy by way of bankruptcy, the appropriate historic classes from the age of colonization to Alexander the good 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 a chronological framework.
The booklet covers:

  • the major literary assets: 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 figuring out, the e-book additionally comprises maps, a word list of Greek phrases and a whole bibliography.

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However, those scholars who do believe in a military cause of tyranny use Aristotle as further support for their view. He states that there was a direct political link between the class that was most effective in defending the state and the state’s type of constitution: Although it is possible for one man or a few men to be superior in virtue, it is difficult for the many to be made perfect in every virtue, but they can be in the virtue of military courage, for this is found among large numbers.

But when men tremble, the courage of all is destroyed. Tyrtaeus fr. 11. 11–14 It was the creation of this new fighting force, with its involvement of a greater number of citizens participating in the defence of the city, that has led many scholars to believe that there was a military cause for tyranny. The essence of the disagreement between modern historians – whether the hoplites played a role in the rise of tyranny – revolves around the date of their introduction into Greek warfare and their effect upon tactics.

For, by these means, it was possible for all of them to achieve their aim easily, if only they wanted it, because they already possessed the power either of kingship or of a particular political post. Pheidon in Argos and others became tyrants in this way when they were already kings; while the Ionian tyrants and Phalaris rose from public office; Panaitios in Leontini, Cypselus in Corinth, Peisistratus in Athens, Dionysius at Syracuse and others arose in the same way from being leaders of the people.

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