By Paul A. Cartledge
This hugely unique advent to historic Greece makes use of the background of 11 significant Greek towns to light up crucial and informative elements of Greek tradition. Cartledge highlights the function of such popular towns as Athens (birthplace of democracy) and Sparta, yet he additionally examines Argos, Thebes, Syracuse in Sicily, and Alexandria in Egypt, in addition to lesser recognized locales corresponding to Miletus (home of the West's first highbrow, Thales) and Massalia (Marseilles today), the place the Greeks brought the wine grape to the French. the writer makes use of those towns to light up significant topics, from economics, faith, and social kin, to gender and sexuality, slavery and freedom, and politics.
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Indeed, very little is known about the historical presence of black rats in this region. According to zooarcheologists, this lack of information largely results from the fact that the bones are not collected from historic layers in archeological excavations. Even when they are collected, this is done by hand, whereas small bones, such as those of R. rattus, can only be retrieved through sieving. 16 In the absence of zooarcheological findings, our understanding of past geographical distribution and populations of black rats in areas where the Ottomans came to rule has to draw from their distribution records in more recent times.
15 Therefore adopting this system of periodization facilitates the production of comparable data with respect to epidemiological patterns, such as frequency and spread. As concerning sources, this work utilizes a range and variety. Given the uncharted nature of the early Ottoman plagues, bringing a mixture of sources has been indispensable. As always, the usual suspects for the Ottoman historian, the archival and narrative sources, have been critical for establishing the basic structure of plague outbreaks and for tracing their movements, effects, and the like.
Moselio Schaechter, 58–72 (Oxford: Elsevier, 2009). See M. Simond, M. L. Godley, and P. D. Mouriquand, “Paul-Louis Simond and His Discovery of Plague Transmission by Rat Fleas: A Centenary,” Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 91, no. 2 (1998): 101–4. Later on, Paul-Louis Simond was to serve as the director of the Ottoman Bacteriology Institute in Istanbul between 1911 and 1913. See S¸eref Etker, “Paul-Louis Simond ve Bakteriyolojihane-i Osmani’nin C¸emberlitas¸’ta ac¸ılıs¸ı (21 Eylul ¨ 1911),” Osmanlı Bilimi Aras¸tırmaları 10, no.
Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Paul A. Cartledge