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  • Ancient Greeks Persian Wars
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    In the 7 th Century BC a new era of warfare strategy evolved. Before this new strategy, foot soldiers known as hoplite's engaged in battle in the form of one mob for each army which on the command of their generals runs at each other and proceeds to hack blindly at the enemy with little to no direction other then to kill the enemy in front of them. This proved to be very messy and the tide of battle depended mostly on emotion and size of an army. In the name of strategy and organization, the pha...
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  • Persian Wars Greek History
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    HOW ATHENS TOOK OVER LEADERSHIP OF SPARTA AFTER THE PERSIAN WARS During the period of Greek history from the last years of the Persian Wars till the beginning of the First Peloponnesian War, the primacy of Sparta declined while Athens was gaining increased influence in Greece. The Athenian, Thucydides (460 - 400 BC), one among few contemporary historians, left behind the most creditable records about this period. Although he did not give enough documentation for many events he described, his His...
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  • Athenian Women Physical Training
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    If you were a woman how would you rather be treated? If you are the relaxed, dependent type, perhaps you would find the life of the typical Athenian woman agreeable. Athenian women spent most of their lives indoors doing mostly domestic activities. But if you are an independent type of lady, who enjoys exercise, not overly modest, and do not mind sharing your bed with more than one man, then you would probably enjoy the life of a Spartan woman. The basic similarity between the lives of the women...
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  • Oxford Oxford University Plato Believed
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    ... our the Athenians did not stress physical prowess as much as the Spartans, they did not disregard it all together. Young children were trained at the palestrae, gyms for children, by paidotribes, in activities such as running, jumping, wrestling, and swimming. Plato believed that children are trained physically so that they may not be compelled through bodily weakness to play the coward in war or on any other occasion (Protagoras 326. C). However, it seems that the training the children rece...
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  • Persian Wars Individual Freedom
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    Herodotus, in his book The History, tells us a good deal about how, in the course of the 5 th Century, the Greeks came to define themselves by casting "barbarians" as a negative foil for those traits which they admired in themselves. By barbarians, Herodotus means the Others, those who were not Greek or European. The Persian Wars marked something of a watershed in this regard. Prior to the 480 s the Greek view of their eastern neighbors did not seem to have been excessively negative or hostile. ...
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  • Time In His Life Passed Laws
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    Athens and Sparta were the two major city-states during the ancient Greece time period. These two city-states were very different from each other in many ways. One reason for this was because the city-states were separated from each other by low rugged mountains. This made travel and communication difficult. The main difference between the two city-states was in their government. The Athenian government had a democracy, while the Spartan government had a military aristocracy. The two governments...
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  • Alexander The Great Greek Civilization
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    Our civilizations are merely a wrinkle in time. Billions of years ago, during the Paleolithic Culture people had only knowledge for basic survival. The Stone Age was a time for hunting and gathering, building tools, and making fire. As the human race evolved, so did the culture. This is when the Neolithic Culture was born. People started taking control. Farms sprang up and sedentary villages began to take form. Amazingly, not too far from these progressing cultures grew civilizations. When one w...
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  • Women In Ancient Greece
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    Women in Ancient Greece were always very bust people. Whether it was caring for children or taking to their households, they almost never had free time on their hands. How women were treated back then is definitely different from the strong women of todays! Nevertheless, for one thing, we are really lucky that we live today because women in Ancient Greece worked hard labor and tough times on a day-to-day basis ALWAYS! When a baby was born and presented to the father, mostly girls were rejected a...
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  • Greek City States Persian Wars
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    Both Sparta and Athens were Greek city-states. Sparta was a strict military ruled city-state where the people established themselves as a military power early. However Athens was more of a political city-state that was more involved with their economical stature than their military forces. Still changes from the Persian wars would change the powers of the city-state and somewhat unite them. Sparta was a strict military city-state. The people were Dorians who conquered Laconia. This region lies i...
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  • Knowledge And Truth Santa Claus
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    Rather than the practical pursuit we are accustomed to, for Plato, Politics is an intellectual faculty. Governance by non-philosophers is to be governed by opinions, beliefs and self-interest; in contrast the philosopher ruler will govern with virtue and justice with no hidden agenda. The philosopher is in love, in love with learning, knowledge and truth. It is important to make a distinction here between the acquisition of knowledge and the acquisition of truth, because knowledge is not necessa...
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  • Three Hundred One Day
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    Steven Press fields The Gates of Fire is set in the fifth century B. C. in Greece. The story revolves around the famous battle of Thermopylae where three hundred Spartans held off hundreds of thousands of Persians, saving Greece. Press field creates a fictional story around the battle where one man, a squire named Xeones, survives to tell the Spartan story of the battle and the events preceding it. Xeones, who is the protagonist, tells his life story to the royal Persian historian while in capti...
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  • Rest Of His Life Spartan Society
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    ... on through Spartan military training, and seeing his friends die in battle while he remained alive. While my life has been event free and relatively good. When Xeones parents were killed he devoted his whole life to vengeance. I have never experienced such a powerful, driving form of vengeance, hopefully I never will. After the destruction of his country Xeones joins the Spartan military and spends the rest of his life undergoing going rigorous training. He fights in dozens of campaigns in h...
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  • Roman Empire Indo European
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    ... of reason and love (communication and expression with the male race). She had no formal education (female children were largely taught to read and write informally, in their homes and usually by their mothers or by slaves who acted as tutors) and, therefore, was considered inadequate for the training of new generations; this fell into the hands of the men. Greek women were married as young as 14 or 15 to a man as arranged by her family. He may be as old as 30 and could very well be dead by a...
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  • Gates Of Fire Battle Of Thermopylae Spartans
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    Thus reads an ancient stone at Thermopylae in northern Greece, the site of one of the world's greatest battles for freedom. Here, in 480 B. C. , on a narrow mountain pass above the crystalline Aegean, 300 Spartan knights and their allies faced the massive forces of Xerxes, King of Persia. From the start, there was no question but that the Spartans would perish. In Gates of Fire, however, Steven Pressfield makes their courageous defense -- and eventual extinction -- unbearably suspenseful. The st...
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  • Spartan Discipline Small City Sparta
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    Did Sparta Achieve Her Goal? Sparta is the most formidable city known in history. Famous for her impressive military power, she proved that strength didn t lie in numbers, it lay in Spartan discipline. Sparta started out as a small city fighting only to survive against enemy invaders. Her goal was to avoid defeat from other city-states and she very nearly succeeded in achieving it. Using self-denial, strong discipline and harsh training, Sparta focused almost all her attention on achieving her g...
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  • Marcus Aurelius Greek Philosophy
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    Greece. The word evokes images of sunny islands, music and dancing, cruise ships, and magnificent crumbling ruins. It also conjures up thoughts of dusty tomes filled with difficult ramblings by thinkers who died more than two thousand years ago. It wasnt like that in ancient times, of course. The islands were as sunny and the waters as blue and inviting as ever, but philosophers were celebrities. Almost everyone knew about their lives and doings, and each of the most famous had an enthusiastic g...
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  • Lycergus Spartan Felt
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    In ancient Greece, the most feared named was Sparta. It was a total war machine willing to take on all comers. They rose above the rest by being well disciplined and educated. The man who brought them this glory was Lycergus. Like any great leader he was very idealistic. His main goal was to change Sparta into a complete city state. It is believed that he was born between the eighth and tenth century. Most historians dont believe he existed at all. He was from the Eurypontid house which was one ...
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  • 2000 From The World Wide Ancient Greek
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    The Women of Ancient Greek Times In Ancient Greek times around 4 BC, women were typically subordinated. An example of this treatment can be seen in the lives of women living in Athens. In contrast, a neighboring area, Sparta, illustrated a different way of life for their women. Sparta was located in the south-central portion of the Peloponnesian and was a more isolated culture. It was dependent upon agriculture while Athens was cosmopolitan and dependent on manufacture and trade. With the separa...
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  • Asia Minor City States
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    Persian Wars In 519 BC Darius I ascended the throne of the expanding empire of Persia. A group of people called the Ionians, lived along the coast of Asia Minor. They were under Persian rule, having been conquered by Emperor Cyrus (ruled 550 - 530 BC), and at this time were unhappy about their conditions. In 499 BC Aristagoras, the leader Miletus, one of the city-states, organized a revolt of all the rest of the city-states along the coast. Dariusmanaged however, to subdue things in a five-year ...
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  • Taught To Love Strength And Bravery People
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    Pros and Cons of the Spartans PROS 1 st- A positive aspect of the Spartan Code was the idea to train their young beginning at a young age, by giving power to the state to control the youth. This allowed many of the children to have an equal opportunity in the situation given although they did not have many options. They could all be taught the same concepts, and this would create more unity among the people which was very important, although the method by which they took action upon this was som...
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