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Colonies, Missions and Safe Havens

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« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2007, 07:38:46 am »

GREECE                                                                                         continued

Plato then proceeds to describe the life-style of the Athens of those
times; the temples, the original Acropolis and the communal life-style
of the people.  Men and women enjoyed equal status, gold and silver
was never used, and most classes of citizen were concerned with
manufacture and agriculture.

Only the military lived apart, in quarters where they were provided with
what was necessary for their maintenance and training.  The climate
then, he tells us, was different, and rich soil covered the plains and
the mountain sides abounded with thick woods.  There was an ade-
quate rainfall, which was absorbed by the soil, any excesses flowing
down to the fertile valleys to form rivers and springs.

The destruction of the original city of Athens by the sea is an ack-
nowledged historical fact, and is related in the myths as a battle
between Athene and Poseidon for the possession of Attica (the land
versus the sea).  However, as discussed previously, Plato's statement
that Athens was founded 9,000 years earlier tends to suggest that he
does not take the historical status of his account too seriously.
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