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You couldn’t imagine two cities less alike. Athens was a powerful democracy where citizens spent their days reclining and discussing politics and culture. Sparta was a ruthless oligarchy where individuals were born and bred to fight. Athens controlled a large, mostly coastal territory with its commanding navy, while Sparta was infamous for its authoritative army.
Those of you who are members of the Classical Wisdom Society know that this month we have been looking at Herodotus’ The Histories and the epic struggle for supremacy that was the Greco-Persian wars. And that certainly is a topic worth discussing. It has been argued that had the Greeks been unable to stay
By Ben Potter Archaic. Classical. Hellenistic. These terms are often (and quite naturally) conflated together under the generic heading of ‘classical’, or, at the very least, ‘old’. It appears that organizing history into clear, distinct eras can be a tricky business. This, of course, is more true for the Greeks than for the Romans. This
A dominant city-state in ancient Greece, Corinth would grow to prominence as a trading center in the early Mycenaean age and then would decline with much of mainland Greece in the years following the collapse of the Mycenaean empire. A city built on the Isthmus of Corinth, it was located between ancient Sparta and Athens. It
The Persian wars were a series of engagements between the massive Persian empire and the various city states of ancient Greece over the course of 40 years (499-449 BCE). The tension between the Greeks and the empire of Persia is believed to have been a result of the violent uprising known as the Ionian Revolt in
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