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By George Grote

This abridgement of the vintage twelve quantity paintings, which used to be made within the early years of the century and released through George Routledge and Sons, is now to be had back and makes available the basic Grote.

This re-creation additionally comprises an unique creation according to the newest examine which locations Grote's heritage in its highbrow context, discusses its salient gains and lines its next reception during the last century and a part.

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A silk-gloved despot is naturally a greater bar to a democratic propaganda than the most brutal usurper. Therefore Grote, regarding tyranny from the theoretical standpoint, was blind to its good points, and dismissed it as unproductive in the best sense. We now come to the second important portion of the History of Greece which has been omitted from the present volume, the Age of Alexander. From Grote’s first Preface we see what was his attitude towards this epoch. Speaking of the period succeeding the generation of Alexander, he says: ‘The political action of Greece becomes cramped and degraded – no longer interesting to the reader, or operative on the destinies of the future world .

But we cannot say for certain when this special jurisdiction fell to the Council. , viii. , i. 61), for which purpose they divided themselves into at least four courts (Πρυτανει˜ ον, Παλλα´διον, ∆ελ νιον, and Φρεαττ ), according to the specific charge. Probably the ephetæ were delegates of the Council, who may have reserved important cases for a plenary sitting. ). Ath. , 2, § 2. 6 E A R LY AT T I C A is peculiar in early Attic institutions, may be found in the religious organization which had been imposed on the country.

374. Ath. , 8, § 3: ναυκραριω˜ ν ρχ τεταγµ νη πρ τε τ ε σ ρα κα τ δαπα´ να . Cf. , i. 60, and ix. , Hipparchus, 228 D. 10 E A R LY AT T I C A though constituting an important aggregate in the estimation of their inhabitants, appeared to the central government too small a unit to take into account. If we now review the political and social organization of early Attica, we find an immigrant ‘Ionian’ nobility overlaid upon a nucleus of autochthonous Athenians. By their control of a government centralized to an unusual degree, and, above all, of the State religion, the former constitute an oligarchy of the most rigid type, and of popular institutions there exists as yet no trace.

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