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By George Grote

Generally stated because the so much authoritative learn of old Greece, George Grote's twelve-volume paintings, began in 1846, tested the form of Greek background which nonetheless prevails in textbooks and renowned money owed of the traditional international this day. Grote employs direct and transparent language to take the reader from the earliest occasions of mythical Greece to the demise of Alexander and his new release, drawing upon epic poetry and legend, and analyzing the expansion and decline of the Athenian democracy. The paintings offers factors of Greek political constitutions and philosophy, and interwoven all through are the real yet outlying adventures of the Sicilian and Italian Greeks. quantity four maintains the overview of Greek contacts within the wider Mediterranean global, and likewise covers political advancements, specially in Athens, from the increase of the Peisistratids to the conflict of Marathon.

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22, with Tafel's note, and ix. p. 410; Livy, xliv. 9) ; but Herodotus notices it only as Macedonia. CHAP. ] ILLYRIANS, MACEDONIANS, P^ONIANS. 19 extended originally southward as far as the mouth of the Peneius: the Bottiaeans professed indeed a Kretan origin, but this pretension is not noticed by either Herodotus or Thucydid^s. In the time of Skylax1, seemingly during the early reign of Philip the son of Amyntas, Macedonia and Thrace were separated by the Strymon. We have yet to mention the Pseonians, a numerous and much-divided race, seemingly neither Thracian nor Macedonian nor Illyrian, but professing to be descended from the Teukri of Troy; who occupied both banks of the Strymon, from the neighbourhood of Mount Skomius, in which that river rises, down to the lake near its mouth: some of their tribes possessed the fertile plain of Siris (now Seres)—the land immediately north of Mount Pangseus—and even a portion of the space through which Xerxes marched on his route from Akanthus to Therma.

P. 221. s This may be gathered, I think, from Herodot. vii. 73 and viii. 138. The alleged migration of the Briges into Asia, and the change of their name to Phryges, is a statement which I do not venture to repeat as credible. conquests as far as maic Gulf, oveTthe3 ^"do- 24 HISTORY OF GREECE. [PART II. original Pierians, who found new seats on the eastern bank of the Strymon between Mount Pangseus and the sea. Amyntas king of Macedon was thus master of a very considerable territory, comprising the coast of the Thermaic Gulf as far north as the mouth of the Haliakmon, and also some other territory on the same gulf from which the Bottiseans had been expelled; but not comprising the coast between the mouths of the Axius and the Haliakmon, nor even Pella the subsequent capital, which were still in the hands of the Bottiseans at the period when Xerxes passed through'.

3. p. 612. The view of Thasus from the sea justifies the title 'Heptr) (CEnomaus ap. Euseb. Prsepar. Evang. vii. p. 256; Steph. Byz. Oacrtros). Thasus (now Tasso) contains at present a population of about 6000 Greeks, dispersed in twelve small villages ; it exports some good shiptimber, principallyfir,of which there is abundance on the island, together with some olive oil and wax ; but it cannot grow corn enough even for this small population. No mines either are now, or have been for a long time, in work.

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