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    Kipling described the popular belief that Asia and Europe greatly differed in culture.How great are the differences between these lands? Specifically, Classical Athens and Han China. There are not a lot of great differences between them in the way the the government was run, social class, or in political views. Classical Athens had a democracy, while Han China had an empire. In document 5, it explains that in the government, “ The first true democracy in history,” any Citizen could attend the Athenian Assembly. In Han China, although it was a bureaucracy, many believed that if the people were pleased by the way the upcoming leader handled things it was a sign from the heavens to let them be emperor. All in all, this let the…

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    Athens and Sparta are the two most well known poleis of ancient Greece and each was known for the structure of its society. In this essay I will discuss how people in those societies obtained the right to participate in public life and make community decisions, identify who held public office, and how public office holders were elected. How those two societies were similar and how they differed will also be discussed throughout this essay. Both Athens and Sparta had a societal structure based…

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    or not Classical Athens under the rule of Pericles was a true democracy has been a subject for controversy. Some historians argue that Pericles was an elected ruler and that Athens was “ruled by her first citizen” instead of by the people while others argue that Athens was a true democracy based on the actions of the Athenian city-state and the way their government was set up . However, Athens under the rule of Pericles should be considered a democracy for several reasons. These reasons…

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    “The lives of women in Classical Athens” chapter from Sue Blundell’s Women in Ancient Greece describes how females in Athens lived during the Classical Period, from infancy to elderliness. The Classical Period marked the height of Greek society, from incredible feats of art and architecture to the rise of Alexander the Great and the continued building of an enormous empire. This chapter explores the lives of women in Athens, perhaps the most powerful city-state in Greece. Blundell focuses…

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    hugs her child, then lays it in the weeds, looks back at the sound of its wailing, wipes her tear and goes on alone” (Doc. O). Since at this time in China many people were in the lower classes one can assume that it was normal that woman had left her child to die because she would not have been able to raise it and keep it living for long. Similarly in Classical Athens the father could decide if his baby would be exposed in the public to die. He would choose based on on the baby’s weakness or…

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    Along with Parthenon, many other temples were built honoring King’s and goddesses which as a whole made up Acropolis the world renowned temple complex. During the classical age, it was also the age of drama. They created plays and tragedies written by people like Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. They were meaningful, funny and sad but the importance is that they stand as references to fifth century events. The Greeks were the first people to believe they could learn from past mistakes,…

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    The Greek Dark Ages

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    and its surrounding areas, the majority of which were relatively small.Although, it seems that the term polis is most commonly associated with the largest Greek city-states, Athens and Sparta. While the modern word “politics” was derived from Greek term polis, this system served as much more than a political unit (Spielvogel 60). The polis was also a social, economic, cultural, and religious center which solved the problems of the Dark Ages, made the Classical Age possible, and allowed large,…

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    A Day in the Life in Athens and Sparta in the Classical Periods My impression of what life would be as a male Spartan in my 20’s would be quite different than being an Athenian. First of all, being a male citizen of Athens allowed me to vote and participate in all the city states political systems. The Athenian system of a true democracy comparing to the Spartan intent, but not really being a democracy. I would control my wealth which would include land, slaves and any business owned that I…

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    Sparta Vs Athens Essay

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    Ancient Greece during the archaic and the classical period consisted mainly of small towns that were called “Polis”. The majority of these “Polis” or towns controlled small regions of land and were populated by some hundreds of citizens. However, the two largest “Polis” known as Athens and Sparta were much more powerful and influential than the rest. In a nutshell, Athens was a democratic and trade focused government while on the other hand Sparta was a military focused society with an oligarchy…

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    making the diversity of ancient Greek culture that much greater. Two notable societies of ancient Greece are the city-states of Sparta and Athens. Despite the fact that these two city-states had several similarities, they were different in several radical ways. The political, social, and militaristic evolution of these two powers is what stands them apart. The early history of the two poleis were similar considering their establishments of government. Initially governed by a council of…

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