ANCH026_Lecture05

Homeric epics rise of the polis the polis as a place a

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Unformatted text preview:   Changes in economy and agriculture •  Literacy •  Emergence of a Greek identity (cf. Homeric epics) •  Rise of the polis The polis as •  A place •  A community •  A political entity The “Eighth Century Renaissance” and Early Archaic Period •  Changes in economy and agriculture •  Rise of the polis •  Institutions and law •  Emergence of a Greek identity (cf. Homeric epics) New challenges •  Aristocratic competition •  Over-population •  Famines SPARTA: THE OTHER GREEKS? Sparta and Athens: A tale of two cities “I suppose that if Sparta were to become desolate, and only the temples and the foundations of the public buildings were left, that as time went on there would be a strong disposition with posterity to refuse to accept her fame as a true exponent of her power... Whereas, if Athens were to suffer the same misfortune, I suppose that any inference from the appearance presented to the eye would make her power to have been twice as great...
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