By P. J. Rhodes
This booklet provides an available account of classical Greek historical past, 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 struggle, which concerned the entire 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 facts on which the account relies and the concerns 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 heritage for over forty years.The book’s readability and directness make it excellent for direction use.
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36. i): some scholars have used other texts to place Thucydides’ whole series of events in the 460’s, but probably we should date Eïon 476 and Scyros 475, and Carystus and Naxos not long after. It is possibly in response to success at the Eurymedon in 469 that Cimon and his fellow generals were invited to judge the tragedians’ competition in the spring of 468 (Plut. Cim. 8. vii–ix). Into this period we have also to fit the reappearance of Pausanias and his occupation of Byzantium until he was dislodged by the Athenians (Thuc.
90–93. ii) as well as the later sources. Sparta urged that, in case the Persians returned, it would be better to have no fortified cities north of the Isthmus of Corinth; Themistocles had himself sent to Sparta to temporise, while Athens’ walls were rebuilt as quickly as possible; when rumours reached Sparta, Spartans were sent to Athens to see what was happening but the Athenians did not let them return; when the walls had reached a sufficient height,Themistocles was joined by colleagues (one of whom was Aristides), and informed the Spartans that Athens was safely fortified and was fully capable of judging what was the best policy for itself and for all.
But his chief offence was 28 THE PELOPONNESE IN THE EARLY FIFTH CENTURY a greater degree of individualism than Sparta liked to see in its leading figures: his father had been half-brother of an earlier individualist king, Cleomenes, and Pausanias gave the name Cleomenes to one of his own sons (Thuc. III. 26. ii). e. after Pausanias’ death the official account of him in Sparta was thoroughly hostile. In spite of that Thucydides pronounced Pausanias and Themistocles to be the two most distinguished men of their generation (I.
A History of the Classical Greek World: 478-323 BC (Blackwell History of the Ancient World) by P. J. Rhodes