Lesson 1
The Features and Importance of the Polis 3
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Prof. Kagan, Donald, CLCV 205, Introduction to Ancient Greek History, Fall 2007, YALE Open Courses: Yale University, Classics (Accessed 20/09/2014), http://oyc.yale.edu/classics/clcv-205/lecture-4 License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA In this lecture, Professor Donald Kagan offers a sketch of the Greek heroic code of ethics. He shows that in this community, arête (manly virtue) and honor are extremely important and even worth dying for, as the case of Achilles makes clear. In addition, Professor Kagan shows how this society eventually produced a new phenomenon, the rise of the polis. The discussion ends with a strong emphasis on the importance of the polis in Greek history.


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