Paul A. Cartledge's Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short PDF
By Paul A. Cartledge
This hugely unique creation to historical Greece makes use of the historical past of 11 significant Greek towns to light up crucial and informative points of Greek tradition. Cartledge highlights the position of such well known towns as Athens (birthplace of democracy) and Sparta, yet he additionally examines Argos, Thebes, Syracuse in Sicily, and Alexandria in Egypt, in addition to lesser identified locales reminiscent of Miletus (home of the West's first highbrow, Thales) and Massalia (Marseilles today), the place the Greeks brought the wine grape to the French. the writer makes use of those towns to light up significant subject matters, from economics, faith, and social kin, to gender and sexuality, slavery and freedom, and politics.
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This was not like the coast of the Island. To Icebones this rust-red shore was a strange and alien scene indeed. She spotted a bear, swimming through a lead of open water. His head was white as bone, and he cut steadily through the black water, trailing a fine wake behind him. He reached an ice floe and, in a single powerful lunge, pulled himself out of the water, his back feet catching the lip of the ice without hesitation. He shook himself, and water flew off his fur in a cloud of spray. The bear turned and glared at the mammoths with small black eyes.
I have lived my whole life with the Lost. " Impulsively Icebones grabbed her trunk. "You are not alone. " But the Ragged One had never heard of Kilukpuk, or the vows that bound her descendants, whether they climbed the trees or swam the ocean or walked the land with heavy tusks dangling. She pulled away from Icebones's touch. Still suffused by that deep physical revulsion, Icebones nevertheless felt oddly bound to this pale, malformed creature. For all her strangeness, the Ragged One seemed to have more in common with Icebones than any of the other mammoths here.
Haughty Spiral stayed close to her mother and sister Breeze, watching the antics of the others with disdain. Droplets of brine, caught on the wind, spattered into Icebones's face and stung her eyes. A flash of motion further from the shore caught her eye. It had looked, oddly, like a tusk—but it had been straight and sharp, not like a mammoth's ivory spiral. There it was again, a fine twisted cone that rolled languidly through the air. And now she saw a vast gray body sliding through a dark lead of open water, turning slowly.
Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Paul A. Cartledge