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                     The psychic life of the man without has hardly changed since the Cycle of the Father;

                   it  is  dominated  by  fright,  hunger  and  sex  which  are  the  three  main  vehicles  of  the
                   General Law; it is still the image of misery and chaos.

                     According  to  the  accounts  handed  down  to  us  by  his  generation,  this  is  how

                   Thucydides (460-395 B.C.) sketched a picture of living conditions during his time:


                     The country which bears the name of Greece, today, was not inhabited continuously
                   at the outset but witnessed frequent migrations. One abandoned one's home easily, in
                   order to make room for new arrivals.
                     One  emigrated  without  any  difficulty  for  the  following  reasons:  there  was  no
                   commerce nor any established system of communications by land or by sea. Every one
                   tilled the soil for his personal needs, without making any large scale plantations with the
                   aim of enriching himself, for, with the free cities, one never knew if the harvests would
                   be pillaged by foreign thieves. Finally, one hoped to find enough for one's daily needs
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                   anywhere .

                     The Arab historian Al-Masudi (900-956), notes that the situation had hardly changed
                   thirteen  centuries  later.  He  describes  the  mass  emigration  of  a  certain  population

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                   fleeing from the twofold scourge of the plague and war .
























                     3
                       Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War. French translation by E.A. B├ętant, Hachette,
                   Paris, 1873, I, 2.
                     4
                       Al-Masudi, Abu AlHassan Ali, The Meadows of Gold Fields, from the French translation by C.
                   Barbier de Meynard and Pavet de Courtelle, in 9 volumes, Paris, Editions of the Asiatic Society,
                   1861-1877, T. II, p. 10.
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