By George Grote
Largely said because the such a lot authoritative examine of old Greece, George Grote's twelve-volume paintings, began in 1846, verified the form of Greek background which nonetheless prevails in textbooks and well known bills of the traditional international at the present time. Grote employs direct and transparent language to take the reader from the earliest occasions of mythical Greece to the demise of Alexander and his iteration, drawing upon epic poetry and legend, and studying the expansion and decline of the Athenian democracy. The paintings presents factors of Greek political constitutions and philosophy, and interwoven all through are the real yet outlying adventures of the Sicilian and Italian Greeks. quantity 6 bargains the historical past of Greece from the outbreak of the Peloponnesian warfare in 431 BCE to the Peace of Nikias.
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24). 1 Thucyd. ii. 13. 2 Thucyd. i. 80. The foresight of the Athenian people, in abstaining from immediate use of public money and laying it up for future wants, would be still more conspicuously demonstrated, if the statement of jEschines the orator were true, that they got together 7000 talents between the peace of Nikias and the Sicilian expedition. M. Boeckh believes this statement, and says, " It is not impossible that 1000 talents might have been laid by every year, as the amount of tribute received was so considerable " (Public Economy of Athens, ch.
I. 115 ; viii. 76 ; Plutarch, Perikles, c. 28. CHAP. X L V I I . ] ATHENS BEFORE THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR. 35 refused to comply 1 : whereupon an armament of forty ships was despatched from Athens to the island, and established in it a democratical government ; leaving in it a garrison and carrying away to Lemnos fifty men and as many boys from the principal oligarchical families, to serve as hostages. Of these families, however, a certain number retired to the mainland, where they entered into negotiations with Pissuthnes the satrap of Sardes to procure aid and restoration.
As at Athe- Few Athe only by a feeble tie ; nor was it numbered among man citithe tributary subject allies3. From the circum- therms e stance, that so large a proportion of the settlers at eolomsts' Thurii were not native Athenians, we may infer that there were not many of the latter at that time who were willing to put themselves so far out of connection with Athens—even though tempted by the prospect of lots of land in a fertile and promising territory. And Perikles was probably anxious that those poor citizens for whom emigration was desirable should become kleruchs in some of the islands or ports of the iEgean, where they would serve (like the colonies of Rome) as a sort of garrison for the ensurance of the Athenian empire .
A History of Greece, Volume 06 of 12, originally published in 1849 by George Grote