By Peter Rietbergen

This significant contribution to the assumption of Europe sweeps the continent from its Celtic and German origins throughout the impression of the Greeks and Romans to the fruitful--and occasionally bloody--contacts with different cultures. Peter Rietbergen portrays Europe's historical past as a chain of 4 grand levels of continuity and alter set within the context of political, social and financial advancements. those stages are new varieties of: surviving; believing; guy and the area; and intake and conversation. Rietbergen's descriptions are supported through a variety of illuminating excerpts comparable to: Chaucer's description of London in 1378; Michelangelo on Italian artwork; and renowned tune lyrics of Iron Maiden and Sting.

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Still, women might participate in the processions honouring Europe: A cultural history 24 some of the gods. In the so-called mystery cults, presided over by priestesses, they even found a domain partly outside immediate male control. 40 Even Greek vase-painting seems to confirm this; whenever women are depicted, both the free-born and the slaves, they are shown serving the men, in the house, in the tavern or in the brothel. Men went out to the gymnasium, participating in the many sports that Greek culture set such store on, precisely because they enhanced the virtues of manly valour.

From a smoking culture, Europe became a drinking culture. Sheep, bred in runs by the women, allowed for the manufacture of textiles; this in its turn revolutionized clothing, which soon became a social sign as well. ) carrying a shallow bowl in which offerings could be placed. From a grave from the seventh century BC found at Strettweg, Styria Source: Steiermärkisches Landesmuseum, Johanneum, Graz, Austria eastern Mediterranean, where the kingdoms and cities of the Aegean and the Near East discovercd a growing need for the mineral riches of west and central Europe, the chariot may have been brought by the hordes that rode in from the great Eurasian steppe.

These arguments continue to be of vital interest in our own age and, as such, have lost none of their relevance: The first speaker was Otanes, and his theme was to recommend the establishment in Persia of democratic government. ‘I think,’ he said, ‘that the time has passed for any man amongst us to have absolute power. Monarchy is neither pleasant nor good…. How can one fit monarchy into any sound system of ethics, when it allows a man to do whatever he likes without any responsibility or control?

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