Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times by Thomas R. Martin

By Thomas R. Martin

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Using fundamental assets the political, army, social, cultural and spiritual histories of historic Greece are coated. There are suitable time traces, maps, plans and images. specific awareness can be given to the society, literature and structure in its golden age.

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The Minoan settlement at Gournia on the island of Crete had closely packed houses separated by a network of streets. This restored fresco from the Minoan palace at Knossos includes a so-called figure 8 shield. ] 6. Mycenaean palaces featured creature comforts such as this built-in bathtub from the palace complex at Pylos in the western Peloponnese. This vase shows the type of nonfigural decoration dubbed Geometric by art historians, supplemented by the picture of a bird; the depiction of figures on Greek pottery had ceased with the fall of Mycenaean civilization but was reintroduced in later Geometric art in imitation of Near Eastern models.

The process by which Greeks became Greeks does not lend itself to easy categorization because the concept of identity encompasses not just basic social and material conditions but also ethnic, cultural, and linguistic traditions. C. By that date, then, there clearly existed people whom it makes sense to call Greeks. The origins of Greek language and the other components of Greek identity lie much further in the past, of course, but tracing those origins is a matter of speculation. Recent scholarly interest in the deep origins of fundamental components of ancient Greek ethnic and cultural identity has centered on two major questions: the significance of the Indo-European heritage of ancient Greeks in the period c.

This evidence leads to the surmise that Indo-European society was patriarchal, regarding the father not merely as a parent but as the authority figure over the household. Other words suggest that Indo-European society was also patrilocal (the wife goes to live with the husband's family group) and patrilineal (the line of descent of children being reckoned through their father). Indo-European language also had the notion of king, a detail suggesting a hierarchical and differentiated society rather than an egalitarian one.

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