Classical Landscape With Figures: The Ancient Greek City and by Robin Osborne

By Robin Osborne

Classical panorama with Figures: the traditional Greek urban and its nation-state through Robin Osborne
Publisher: George Philip 1987 | 224 Pages | ISBN: 159740537X; 0911378731 | PDF | fifty two MB

Frontmatter
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 the ambiguity of the Greek City
2 Farming the Country
3 A Settled Country?
4 the rustic Disrupted
5 trade and Society
6 The Politics of Settlement
7 the sector of War
8 the rustic of the Gods
9 Epilogue: The makes use of of the Countryside
Bibliography

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These strategies enabled the country to be highly productive, but not reliably so. Both the form and the success of the strategies directly affected the nature and structure of society and hence the course of much of military and political history. T h e formation o f the Greek peninsula The geological history of Greece is complex, and as a result many distinct landforms are found there on a small scale which are found on a much larger scale in other parts of the world. This was already recognized in antiquity.

The actual population of Attica is rather difficult to calculate. The ancient literary texts give enough information to enable an estimate of citizen numbers in the fifth and fourth centuries to be made with some confidence: citizen families probably accounted for some 60,000 to 80,000 people. The population of resident foreigners fluctuated considerably, but probably never exceeded about 20,000. The difficult calculation is that of the number of slaves. Scholars have disagreed radically about slave numbers in Athens, estimating anything from 20,000 upwards.

But for all his 51 CLASSICAL LANDSCAPE WITH FIGURES pursuit of self-sufficiency and for all his cultivation of a subsistence strategy, the arable farmer was equally in need of contact and exchange. The nature of climate and landscape and the potentials and demands of crops and animals all conspire to prevent farming becoming a safe or parochial enterprise. The threat of shortage to come in time of plenty, the dearth in lean years, the impossibility of growing thirsty crops in dry areas, or growing olives at high altitude (olives are not normally found above about 360 m) of pasturing large cattle without abundant mountain pastures, of practising intensive arable agriculture if bound to move with the flock, all of these made exchanges between neigh- 52 bours, between communities within a city, and between cities both essential and fundamental.

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