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By George Grote

Commonly said because the such a lot authoritative learn of historic Greece, George Grote's twelve-volume paintings, began in 1846, demonstrated the form of Greek historical past which nonetheless prevails in textbooks and renowned bills of the traditional international this day. Grote employs direct and transparent language to take the reader from the earliest instances of mythical Greece to the demise of Alexander and his iteration, drawing upon epic poetry and legend, and analyzing the expansion and decline of the Athenian democracy. The paintings offers reasons of Greek political constitutions and philosophy, and interwoven all through are the $64000 yet outlying adventures of the Sicilian and Italian Greeks. quantity eight takes the tale from the overthrow of the 400 in Athens to the demise of Alkibiades in 404 BCE, and in addition includes chapters on drama and rhetoric, and at the philosophy of the Sophists and of Socrates.

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They even ventured to speak of the project openly among the mass of the armament, . . bs- . Peisandens who listened to it with nothing but aversion—but senttopush who were silenced at least, though not satisfied, by conspiracy being told that the Persian treasury would be thrown at Athens< open to them on condition, and only on condition, that they would relinquish their democracy. Such was at this time the indispensable need of foreign money for the purposes of the war—such was the certainty of ruin, if the Persian treasure went to the aid of the enemy—that the most democratical Athenian might well hesitate when the alternative was thus laid before him.

60. CHAP. ] OLIGARCHS AT ATHENS. 35 movement at first, had they not been instigated by Alkibiad£s, and furnished by him with the treacherous delusion of Persian alliance to cheat and paralyse the people. They had indeed motives enough, from their own personal ambition, to originate it of themselves, apart from Alkibiad§s ; but without the hopes—equally useful for their purpose whether false or true—connected with his name, they would have had no chance of achieving the first step. Now, however, that first step had been achieved, before the delusive expectation of Persian gold was dissipated.

28 HISTORY OF GREECE. [PART II. form. The satrap had appeared to follow his advice—or had rather followed his own inclination, employing Alkibiades as an instrument and auxiliary—in the endeavour to wear out both parties, and to keep them nearly on an equality until each should ruin the other. to his own satrapy. Accordingly Alkibiades, when summoned by the Athenian envoys to perform his engagement, found himself in a dilemma from which he could only escape by one of his characteristic manoeuvres.

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