By George Grote
Commonly stated because the such a lot authoritative research of historical Greece, George Grote's twelve-volume paintings, started in 1846, validated the form of Greek heritage which nonetheless prevails in textbooks and renowned debts 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 dying of Alexander and his new release, drawing upon epic poetry and legend, and reading the expansion and decline of the Athenian democracy. The paintings presents causes of Greek political constitutions and philosophy, and interwoven all through are the real yet outlying adventures of the Sicilian and Italian Greeks. quantity eight takes the tale from the overthrow of the 400 in Athens to the loss of life of Alkibiades in 404 BCE, and likewise includes chapters on drama and rhetoric, and at the philosophy of the Sophists and of Socrates.
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Extra info for A History of Greece, Volume 08 of 12, originally published in 1850
Critic. Comicor. Grsecorum, vol. i. p. 178, &c. Modern writers on Grecian history often repeat'such bitter jests as if they were so much genuine and trustworthy evidence against the person libeled. CHAP. ] OLIGARCHICAL CONSPIRACY. 13 foreign policy according to the interests of Alkibiad£s—or to inspire him with such lively interest in the substitution of oligarchy for democracy at Athens ? This was a question which the oligarchical conspirators at Samos not only never troubled themselves to raise, but which they had every motive to suppress.
He was now however apprised that they could find subsistence no longer, and that they would probably desert, or commit depredations on the coast of his satrapy, or perhaps be driven to hasten on a general action with the Athenians, under desperate circumstances. Under such apprehensions he felt compelled to put himself again in communication with them, to furnish them with pay, and to conclude with them a third convention—the proposition of which he had refused to entertain at Knidus. He therefore went to Kaunus, invited the Peloponnesian leaders to Miletus, and concluded with them near that town a treaty to the following effect:— " In this 13th year of the reign of Darius, and •' ° ReconcihatweenTis^theres°f°s"ne" Third conyention in the ephorship of Alexippidas at Lacedsemon, a concluded r 1 L Thucyd.
50, 51. In the speech made by Theramenes (the Athenian) during the oligarchy of Thirty, seven years afterwards, it is affirmed that the Athenian people voted the adoption of the oligarchy of Four Hundred, from being told that the Lacedcemonians would never trust a democracy (Xenoph. Hellen. ii. 3, 45). This is thoroughly incorrect—a specimen of the loose assertion of speakers in regard to facts even not very long past. At the moment when Theramenes said this, the question, what political constitution at Athens the Lacedsemonians would please to tolerate, was all-important to the Athenians.
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