Ancient Greece (Magill’s choice) by Thomas J. Sienkewicz

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The Aetolians, hostile to Macedonia’s Antigonid kings, became allies of Rome against Philip V and engaged in widespread piracy and brigandage. An annually elected general served as chief magistrate of the Aetolian League. A primary assembly, consisting of all men of military age, decided issues of foreign policy and met at least twice a year, in spring and autumn. A representative council, elected from constituent cities in proportion to population, governed between these meetings, following the direction of an important committee, the apokletoi.

Upland regions, notorious for poor, thin soils, became adapted to pastorialism, with herds moving into prolific pastures during summer months. Dry heat was characteristic of summers, while wet winters predominated. During the Neolithic period (c. e. , depending upon environmental conditions), an agricultural village economy became established which emphasized a mixed farming strategy. The subsequent pattern of cereals, grapes, olives, and domesticated livestock was established by Mycenaean times (c.

Sara MacDonald See also: Aristophanes; Aristotle; Literature; Performing Arts; Plato; Socrates; Sports and Entertainment. 26 Agesilaus II of Sparta Statesman and military leader Born: c. ; Sparta, Greece Died: c. ; Cyrene, Cyrenaica (now in Libya) Category: Military; government and politics Life Agesilaus (uh-jehs-uh-LAY-uhs) II of Sparta was the younger son of Archidamus II, a Eurypontid king of Sparta, and his second wife, Eupolia. Because he was not expected to become king, Agesilaus underwent the rigorous Spartan system of military training, known as the agogT.

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