Hellenic Civilization: An Historical Survey

Hellenic Civilization: An Historical Survey

Hellenic Civilization: An Historical Survey

Hellenic Civilization: An Historical Survey

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An important indication both of the spread of interest in the civilization of Ancient Greece as a whole and of the gradual change in the points of view from which it is studied may be found in the publication, during recent years, of many works, whether as parts of more or less extensive series or as single issues, presenting one or more aspects of that marvelous achievement of human genius. The materials for our knowledge and comprehension of that period of the world's history are rapidly increasing. New evidence--archaeological, inscriptional, linguistic, literary--is constantly being added, often modifying and sometimes completely overthrowing conceptions hitherto fondly held. Perhaps about no people of history have sweeping generalizations been so readily made and so slavishly adopted as about the Greeks of antiquity.

To make the more significant portions of such newly acquired information accessible to that part of the "reading public" which cares for these things, but has neither time nor inclination to enter upon the exacting yet necessary professional study in these fields, is to perform a most useful service. Certainly not less important is the presentation, in clear, precise, and agreeable form, of the most characteristic features of the Greek civilization, of the main lines of its development through the centuries that lie more or less open to our observation, and the . . .

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