Ancient Greek History By Analyzing The Information Gathered Essay

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Piecing together the history of the ancient Greeks requires using a number of different sources and references. The ancient historians, such as Herodotus and Thucydides, were not omnipotent and their works did not include every relevant fact about the history of Greece. Because of this need for additional information, modern historians must refer to other sources to gain knowledge about the past. Luckily for them, the Greeks customarily inscribed a great amount of information about their politics into stone pillars, buildings, walls, etc. Through epigraphy, these inscriptions can be analyzed and subsequently provide contextual evidence for previously conceived notions, or even generate an entirely new prospective about Greek life and the politics that governed them. The purpose of this analytical essay will be to examine one such historical piece and the text presented on it in order to produce a clearer image of ancient Greek history by analyzing the information gathered. The piece in question comes from the remnants of a large stone slab called a “stele”. The Athenians often erected steles such as this to serve as grave memorials or to commemorate exceptional deeds accomplished by a person or people (most often in correlation with feats of warfare). This particular stele was sculpted for the latter usage in commemoration of those men who fought to reinstate a democratic system of government in Athens during the years of 404-403. The piece itself since its installment has…

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