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A Culture of Freedom (Hardback)

Ancient Greece and the Origins of Europe

Ancient History > Ancient Greece & the Hellenistic World

Imprint: Oxford University Press
Pages: 315
Illustrations: b/w illus
ISBN: 9780199747405
Published: 2nd November 2011
Casemate UK Academic


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In this beautifully written book, summing up a life-time's  research, Christian Meier enquires into the origins of the Greek  achievement, asking what the factors were which enabled such a  remarkable cultural, social, political and scientific  effloressence. In charting the rise of the polis culture during  the archaic age, Meier argues that what set the Greeks apart as a  civilization was the pursuit of freedom; that their culture was  based on the hopes and desires of its citizenry rather than the  power of great empires and monarchs.

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