A Companion to Greek Literature (Blackwell Companions to the

A spouse to Greek Literature provides a complete advent to the big variety of texts and literary varieties produced within the Greek language over the process a millennium starting from the sixth century BCE as much as the early years of the Byzantine Empire.

• positive aspects contributions from a variety of demonstrated specialists and rising students of Greek literature
• deals complete insurance of the various genres and literary kinds produced through the traditional Greeks--including epic and lyric poetry, oratory, historiography, biography, philosophy, the radical, and technical literature
• comprises readings that tackle the construction and transmission of old Greek texts, ancient reception, person authors, and masses extra
• Explores the topic of historical Greek literature in cutting edge methods

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At that Cortes sent a small company of men with crossbows and arquebuses to occupy the higher of the hills, while he himself led the attack on the fortress proper. Once he reached the level of the defenders they surrendered, and sent an embassy to the first rock, which was promptly surrendered in its turn. So far I have used Cortes' letter, which is expressed in a deceptively straightforward style. The details, however, are not as straightforward as would first appear. perhaps significant that the five subordinate commanders who led the abortive attack on the first rock are singled out by name.

12. 7-9. 70 Thucydides underlines the general inexperience of war among the younger generation before the Peloponnesian War (Thuc. 2. 8. 1; cf. 1, 80, 1). For the Spartiates the Archidamian War hardly proved a learning process. Apart from desultory skirmishes during the invasions of Attica, the only real fighting they engaged in was the abortive attack on Pylos and the minor engagements after the occupation of Cythera (Thuc, 4. 55. 1-2, 56. 1). Many Spartiates will have had no experience of 69 26 The Shield of Achilles average citizen soldier might have seen actual combat between hoplite phalanxes a handful of times, perhaps even never, in his lifetime.

It is a trial which fails, and the Spaniards retreat without intervention from Cortes. The difference in perspective is more marked in the attack upon the second fortress. Here Cortes' own participation is minimal. He takes advantage of the Indians' confusion to occupy the elevated crag overlooking the fortress. However, it is the small occupying force which does the damage; the crossbow and arquebus fire demoralizes the Indians, who immediately surrender. 21 The message is reinforced in the next sentence, when the Indians accept Cortes' invitation to treat with the defenders of the first rock.

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