A Time came when the fruits of Oriental culture, disseminated among varied populations, reached certain active and intelligent tribes of pirates. Scattered over islands and sinuous cliff-shores, they could not become welded into large empires of slaves and theocratic despots, but retained unchanged the primal tribal organisation. Each individual had to bear to a smaller or larger extent a share of the cares, fortunes, and perils of the tribe. Hence no ruling power amongst them was under the necessity of upholding its authority by means of a sacred tradition. Thus arose Greek thought, thus was laid the foundation of the Western world.