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The Peloponnesian War Summary of Battles and Betrayals – Part Two

To Read Part One, Click here: http://classicalwisdom.com/the-peloponnesian-war-summary-part-one/ The entirety of the Peloponnesian war is broken into two parts, punctuated by a brief, and probably very welcomed, armistice. The total engagement, with all its battles and betrayals, began in 431 BC and finally concluded with complete devestation in 404 BC. The first collection of campaigns, referred

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Women in Antiquity

By Ben Potter The idea that women in antiquity were housebound is obviously ridiculous… and, paradoxically, true. That is to say, the ‘ideal’, in ancient Athens certainly, is that a woman should be neither seen nor heard, but pervade an aura of feminine invisibility. For example, Pericles (reported by Thucydides) addressed the women of Athens

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Athenian Democracy

By Ben Potter Athens, July 514 BC. Two of Athens’ most disgruntled sons, Harmodius and Aristogeiton become forever known as ‘The Tyrannicides’. With their swords plunged into the Tyrant Hipparchus, these two soon-to-be martyrs become the symbol of Athenian democracy. This is because these brave men’s actions paved the way for Athens to unfetter herself

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Flawless Beauty or the Beauty of Flaws

By Anya Leonard “CRACK! Smash!” The sound of your favorite vase hitting the floor. You search around for the culprit – a child, a dog, or a clumsy spouse, any of which is about to incur your wrath. Perhaps it was an earthquake, and Poseidon is to blame… But what if, instead of looking at

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Man Is The Measure

As democracy came about in Athens during the 5th century BCE, the city grew into prosperity. With the leadership of Pericles, Athens ushered in a “Golden Age” of scholarship and culture that would be marked with several advancements in the area of philosophy, literature and politics. During this time there was an established system of

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Pericles (495-429 BCE)

Pericles was an Athenian general and statesman who  rose to prominence during the golden age of Athens and would remain the most influential man in Athenian politics for several decades. He was instrumental during the first years of the Peloponnesian war and would be remembered for his contributions to the common citizens as well as his

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