By Margaret M. Miles
A spouse to Greek Architecture offers an expansive evaluation of the subject, together with layout, engineering, and building in addition to conception, reception, and lasting impression.
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The mountains of other areas colonized by Greeks tended to be more orderly, from the Apennine backbone of Italy to the Taurus Mountains in Asia Minor. Landscape and Setting 7 Mostly unsuited for large‐scale farming, mountains are nonetheless important in the scheme of things, the locus classicus of summer grazing for flocks of sheep and goats, refuges in difficult times, and as recently argued, important highways (Horden and Purcell 2000). Lacking the switchbacks invented to carry motor traffic over high passes, ancient roads frequented by people on foot or horseback rose at opportune points, then ran high above valley floors, maintaining altitude along the faces of surrounding mountains and sometimes shifting sides when valley walls converged and reopened in different directions.
14352a29); even as sea level rose in some places, it would recede in others. Aristotle (Mete. 352a10–16) notes that in the time of the Trojan War, Argos was marshy and unproductive, while the territory of Mycenae had better land and greater fame. But by his time their fortunes were reversed: Mycenae had become dry and unproductive, while the land around Argos was flourishing under cultivation. Although Aristotle argued that such processes were at work on grand scales and over periods much longer than a human lifetime, he also observed that human activity could impact the environment.
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