A History of Greece, Volume 02 of 12, originally published by George Grote

By George Grote

Generally stated because the such a lot authoritative Victorian research of old Greece, George Grote's twelve-volume paintings, began in 1846, validated the view of Greek historical past which nonetheless prevails in textbooks and well known bills of the traditional global at the present time. Grote employs direct and transparent language to take the reader from the earliest instances of mythical Greece to the dying of Alexander and his iteration, drawing upon epic poetry and legend, and reading the expansion and decline of the Athenian democracy. The paintings explains Greek political constitutions and philosophy, and interwoven all through are the $64000 yet outlying adventures of the Sicilian and Italian Greeks. quantity 2 maintains with the mythical age of the Greeks, paying distinctive recognition to the Iliad and Odyssey, and starts the tale of historic Greece, environment the geographical and chronological coordinates and introducing the reader to the realm of the Peloponnesus.

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29 itself with the previous legendary history of Athens, which must therefore be here briefly recapitulated. The great mythical hero Thlseus, of whose mili- Im]9emU o J ' gration— tary prowess and errant exploits we have spoken branchesoff . ,, . from the in a previous chapter, was still more memorable in legendary the eyes of the Athenians as an internal political AtheSL° reformer. He was supposed to have performed for them the inestimable service of transforming Attica out of many states into one.

Viii. p. 358. The tale of the inhabitants of Pisa, the territory more immediately bordering upon Olympia, was very different from this. 2 Agatharchides ap. Photium Sect. 250. p. 1332. Ov&' EipimSov KdTTjyopSi, ra 'Apxekaa mpiTt-deucoros ray Trjfievov irpai-eis. px£Xaos, and Kpf

15 tragedians, these Dorian Herakleids stand lowest in the descending genealogical series—one mark amongst others that we are approaching the ground of genuine history. Though the name Achseans, as denoting a people, is henceforward confined to the North-Peloponnesian territory specially called Achaia, and to the inhabitants of Achsea Phthiotis, north of Mount Oeta—and though the great Peloponnesian states always seem to have prided themselves on the title of Dorians—yet we find the kings of Sparta, even in the historical age, taking pains to appropriate to themselves the mythical glories of the Achseans, and to set themselves forth as the representatives of Agamemn6n and Orestes.

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