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There was little room for luxury and ostentation in ancient Greece; it was regarded as a sympton of decadence, particularly in the east. This specialised study, a thesis, examines the Greek disapproval of luxury and the curtailment of pomp during the 5th and 4th centuries BC. Bernhardt compares and contrasts evidence from across the Greek world, from austere Sparta to Arabia and Persia, as well as the emerging Roman Republic. Evidence includes legal texts, philosophical works and political treatises. A knowledge of Greek is presumed. German text.