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ANCIENT GREECE:
FROM PREHISTORIC TO HELLENISTIC TIMES

SHAWKY MAROGI JR.
HIST 1500
MARCH 26, 2013

My report on Ancient Greece revolves around the book Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times, Thomas R Martin, Yale University, 1996. There have been thousands of books written touching upon the history of Greece, but few take the time to paint the reader a picture of how everyday men, women, and children’s lives were affected daily from the Prehistoric all the way up to Hellenistic times. Martin begins at the Stone Age in the fourth century and covers everything up to Alexander the Great and a bit beyond. If there is another book that paints a picture so well of the day to day struggles that took place during the Stone Age and continued all the way through Hellenistic times I would be shocked. The overall message seems to be that things never improved for the poorer social classes through out these times.

Firstly, Thomas Martin has a very distinct point of view throughout the entire book that the poorer classes who were not soldiers were never able to improve their quality of life. Martin maintains that the back bone of the many battles over land and resources would not have been possible without the lower classes supporting the soldiers from their cities by crafting goods, growing crops, and forging items like weapons. The author decided against making any arguments against what is presented to us as fact, and instead focused on the smaller picture of Ancient Greece as mentioned above. The books main goal is to show the reader that even though there were many societies that came from Greece and had different ways of life; the poor stayed poor while the rich continued to get rich. Martin also writes that the wealthier families were only able to grow their wealth because of the poor families basically doing their work for…...

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