The Struggle for Greek Democracy

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Unformatted text preview: 1 9 The Struggle for Greek Democracy 2 Advantages of New Religion to Persians Advantages for Persians of Zoroasters religion Conquering Persian rulers leave old places Old animism is place related So open to new belief in the battle of light/dark forces This belief preserves animistic character (light- dark) of the old animism 3 Advantages for Mesopotamians Old Mesopotamian gods are arbitrary, oppressive, not ethical (recall explanation of the Flood) Farmers on rain-watered lands are open to a new belief system New religion explains the conflict of good and evil by evoking the opposed forces of Light/Good and Dark/Evil = temporary dualism But essentially monotheistic as Light ultimately conquers Dark 4 Failure or Victory for Iron Age Mesopotamian Peasants? 1) Seek complete freedom on rain-watered lands 2) Provoke intensified violence of Assyrians 3) Final result: moderate rule of Persia > Great power of Persia (Achaemenid Empire) dominates vast territory (135) > Confronts new iron age city-states of Greece 5 Three states Harappa: trade-based civilization Persia: old style of civilization channels spread of new iron-age agriculture Greece: iron-age agriculture developing independently, and trading state 6 Outline re Greece 1) Geographical position and history Riddle of the Sphinx = the Riddle of Greece The implications of the new iron technology 2) The Struggle for Greek democracy 3) Evolution of Greek Religion: from religion to philosophy 7 1) Greek Peasants Gain Freedom Iron plow of free man Position in relation to Persia Not too far Not too close Protected from Persia by mountains, sea (p....
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