Marathon: The Crucial Battle That Created Western Democracy by Alan Lloyd

By Alan Lloyd

This e-book serves as a good advent to the conflict of Marathon and the occasions major as much as it. first of all, it's going to be famous that it is a renowned heritage booklet. accordingly the intensity that it is going into is very constrained. in case you are searching for a close examine of the conflict then this e-book goes to be an enormous sadness for you. lots of the booklet is taken up with the occasions top as much as the conflict. The conflict itself merely covers the final 15-20 pages. the 1st part is at the historic Greeks (Specifically the Athenians), the second one covers the Persians, and the 3rd covers the quick prelude to the warfare. It covers the entire major characters and establishes the cultures and societies which are clashing with loads of perception. The writing variety during this ebook makes it a excitement to learn, and it will certainly be a great e-book for individuals new to this period of time. My largest challenge with this ebook is that it is not longer.

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The slave wore no differentiating style of dress (though female slaves did wear their hair short). He was normally of white stock, often a prisoner of war by origin, perhaps acquired by traders in Asia Minor or the northern Balkans, or a descendant of slave parents born in a Greek household. The domestic slave lived much as a member of the family, sharing its food and religious observances, receiving its nursing care when sick, and even welcomed with confetti as a new arrival. True, punishments for laziness, running away, and other misdemeanors might be harsh.

In this way, no tribe contained two groups from the same district. The regional cliques, with their impulse to create discord, were most effectively weakened. At the same time, Cleisthenes reconstituted the administrative body: the councilor senate. Under Solon this had contained four hundred members from the old tribes. Cleisthenes increased the council to five hundred, fifty from each of the new tribes, considerably widening its membership. These reforms of Clcisthenes were popular, but since all reform arouses opposition, and the opposition to popular reform is invariably well entrenched, Cleisthenes introduced a device to protect his democracy against subversion.

From birth the Spartan's way of life was determined by the state, even to the extent of his survival in the first place. At a few days of age, every child was taken before a committee of old men which judged its bodily fitness to become a useful Spartan. If the infant was considered a poor physical specimen, it was carried to the mountains and left to die of exposure-a repugnant act which must, nevertheless, have saved much later suffering in an age ill-equipped to support the weakly and malformed.

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