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By Thomas R. Martin

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1996 (first edition)

In this compact but accomplished heritage of historic Greece, Thomas R. Martin brings alive Greek civilization from its Stone Age roots to the fourth century B.C. concentrating on the improvement of the Greek city-state and the society, tradition, and structure of Athens in its Golden Age, Martin integrates political, army, social, and cultural historical past in a e-book that might attract scholars and common readers alike.

Now in its second edition, this vintage paintings now positive factors new maps and illustrations, a brand new advent, and updates all through.

"A limpidly written, hugely available, and finished historical past of Greece and its civilizations from prehistory in the course of the cave in of Alexander the Great's empire. . . . A hugely readable account of old Greece, rather helpful as an introductory or evaluation textual content for the scholar or the final reader."-Kirkus Reviews

"A polished and informative paintings that would be beneficial for basic readers and students."- Daniel Tompkins, Temple college

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After all, women in hunter-gatherer society had devel- Backgrounds of Ancient Greek History 17 oped the greatest knowledge of plants because they were the principal gatherers of this food. In the earliest history of farming, women did most of the agricultural labor, while men continued to hunt, although women hunted smaller game, too, using nets. During this same transitional period, people also learned to breed and herd animals for food, thus helping replace the meat formerly supplied by the hunting of large mammals, many of which had become extinct.

Since Minoan civilization had direct contact with and great influence on the mainland inhabitants, however, it is appropriate to treat it as part of the early history of Greece. Linear A is sufficiently well understood to see that it was used for records in the form of lists: records of goods received and goods paid out, inventories of stored goods, livestock, landholdings, and personnel. With their emphasis on accounting, the Minoans kept records of everything from From Indo-Europeans to Mycenaeans 33 chariots to perfumes.

It was outfitted with everything that wealthy people of the Greek Bronze Age required for comfortable living, including elaborate and colorful wall paintings, storerooms crammed with food, and even a royal bathroom fitted with a built-in tub and intricate plumbing. War was clearly a principal concern of those Mycenaean men who could afford its expensive equipment. The Mycenaeans spent nothing, by contrast, on the construction of large religious buildings, as Near Easterners did on their giant temples.

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