By P. J. Rhodes
This e-book offers an obtainable account of classical Greek background, from the aftermath of the Persian Wars in 478 bc to the loss of life of Alexander the nice in 323 bc.Covers political and army occasions, together with: the flourishing of democracy in Athens; the Peloponnesian battle, which concerned the total Greek international; and the conquests of Alexander the Great.Deals with social, financial and cultural advancements in addition to political and army events.Combines research with narrative.Details the proof on which the account relies and the issues that have to be born in brain in utilizing this evidence.Written by means of P. J. Rhodes, who has been educating and writing on Greek background for over forty years.The book’s readability and directness make it excellent for path use.
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42). But how were obligations in ships and in tribute balanced? And can the first assessment, even if it included a cash equivalent for ships, have amounted to as much as 460 talents, given that in 453, when there were more members and nearly all paid tribute, the total seems to have been under 500 talents? There have been various attempts to reject or explain Thucydides’ figure; he has another surprisingly high figure for 431 (cf. p. 91); the one inscribed assessment list which survives, that of 425, is an optimistic list (IG i3 71: cf.
At Dipaea, according to Isocrates (VI. Archidamus 99) the Spartans fought with a single line of soldiers rather than a full phalanx: this has been seen as an indication that the battle was fought after the great earthquake and the outbreak of the Messenian War, but Dipaea is to the north-west of Tegea, and we may wonder whether the Spartans would have gone there at all then. As for what happened in Argos, it may well be the case that those who had been in control for a generation, and who had welcomed Themistocles, lost power; and what happened next may even have been the work of the returned aristocrats, hoping to do well under the new dispensation.
Ath. Pol. and Plutarch seem respectively to give favourable and unfavourable accounts of the reform: For about seventeen years after the Persian Wars the constitution in which the Areopagus was dominant persisted, though it gradually declined. As the masses increased, Ephialtes son of Sophonides became champion of the people, a man who appeared to be uncorrupt and upright in political matters. He attacked the council of the Areopagus. First he eliminated many of its members, bringing them to trial for their conduct in office.