Greece at the Benaki Museum by Angelos Delivorrias, Dionisis Fotopoulos

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By Angelos Delivorrias, Dionisis Fotopoulos

This ebook, edited through Dionisis Fotopoulos with texts by way of Angelos Delivorrias, constitutes a trip in photos to the Greece of the Benaki Museum. the wealthy illustrations within the publication exhibit a wide a part of the wealth of the Museum s collections, whereas the informative accompanying texts supply the reader-viewer a greater concept of the heritage and multifarious creations of the Greek international, from prehistory to the 20 th century.

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20). Thucydides’ exceptional 18 THE HISTORY AND ITS BACKGROUND intellectuality, the use he made of the speeches in his history, and the penetrating political analyses they contain, have no parallel in the work of the older historian. 16 Unlike Herodotus, he doesn’t take pleasure in telling good stories, but relates the incidents of the years of war in ways that are often deeply moving. 17 The originality of Thucydides’ work is connected with the extraordinary ferment of thought and the varied intellectual influences to which he was exposed in his formative years in Athens.

He began to write when they first took up arms, believing that it would be great and memorable above any previous war. For he argued that both states were then at the full height of their military power, and he saw the rest of the Hellenes either siding or intending to side with one or the other of them. No movement ever stirred Hellas more deeply than this; it was shared by many of the Barbarians, and might be said even to affect the world at large. The character of the events which preceded, whether immediately or in more remote antiquity, owing to the lapse of time cannot be made out with certainty.

They would be likely to say that it is impossible due to the fact that the evidence necessary for such an undertaking would be very insufficient if not mostly unavailable. That is why worthy contemporary histories of the First or Second World Wars of the twentieth century, for example, could not have been written while they were in progress. Although journalists might have tried to produce such accounts, these would have fallen well short of being adequate histories. Not until scholars had gained reasonably full access to the collections of sources and documents pertaining to the origins, course, conduct, and conclusion of these wars, and been able to make use of additional materials such as the private papers, memoirs, and biographies of the leading figures, politicians, military men, and others who played a role in affairs, would they have considered it possible to write the history of either of these wars.

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