History of Athens

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  • Alexander The Great And Persuasion Essay

    Alexander the Great address solely soldiers. Speaking exclusively about the history of Athens, Pericles declares “Our institutions do not emulate the law of others. We do not copy our neighbors: rather, we are an example to them.” This differs from how Alexander reflects on the past since he says, “…he [Phillip]taught you to fight on equal terms with the enemy on your borders, till you knew your safety lay not, as once, in your mountain strongholds, but in your own valor. He made you city-dwellers; he brought you law; he civilized you.” Alexander’s speech reaching into the past, about his father, was a far more generalized speech as his soldiers were men from all over Macedonia, Peloponnese, Greece, Persian, and all of the known world at the time. It was a beautiful tactic as these men did not share the same background not did these men share the same ancestors. Pericles had a very specific history of the Athenian city-state. This speech was also quite impressive because he was addressing the people of Athens specifically so it was intelligent to focus on their specific history. These two men beautifully crafted speeches that catered to their people, warriors or citizens. Furthermore, these speeches, uttered by great, powerful leaders, were fine tuned for a specific goal, and this goal was to regain the trust of his people. It seems that they each gained the trust of their people as the people of Athens continued to fight the martial city-state of Sparta for years to come,…

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  • Parthenon Summary

    Set atop the city of Athens sits an enigmatic piece of Athenian history. The Parthenon has long held one of the most historically perplexing friezes in ancient Greece. Temples were a common form of worship in ancient Greek society and often held many art pieces in honor of the god or goddess that the temple was dedicated to. These artifacts left behind from ancient societies hold key insight into what society was like and what was culturally important in ancient Greece. Joan B. Connelly may hold…

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  • Thucydides Speech Analysis

    some respect, as a positive character in the history of the war, and that Cleon stood in the right in his condemnation of the Mytilenean aggressors, that democracy is, as Cleon says, “incapable of empire” (3.37.1), and that he sees rhetoric as a powerful yet dangerous tool which people must be wary of. Cleon’s argument seems firstly to be a critique of the Athenian system of government, in that it has become as a spectacle on a street corner, the council as a crowd before a master orator rather…

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  • Athens And The Pantheon Analysis

    The Parthenon in Athens and the Pantheon in Rome: Comparison Introduction History shows that the Parthenon was built on a raised platform, and consisted, basically, of a cella (enclosed room) surrounded by a peristyle of free-standing columns. The entire building, including the roof tiles, was constructed of white pentelic marble. Large areas, such as the columns, were left white, but most of the details, such as the sculptures, were brightly painted (Hopper 122). The temple had seventeen…

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  • Role Of Socrates In Euthyphro, Apology, And Crito

    Socrates is a philosopher known for his teachings in Athens. He taught his entire life, where no one would bother him. Socrates was accused of corrupting the youth and inventing new gods at the age of seventy. For varies reasons which will be discussed later, the city of Athens chose to wait till this age to prosecute and execute him. Socrates chose to accept his fate instead of escaping to avoid execution. Over the course of time, reading the Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito have given us some…

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  • The Golden Age Of Antigone By Sophocles

    Athenian Principles The Classical Age of Ancient Greece otherwise known as the Golden Age (ca. 480-430 B.C.E.), became the most creative period in the history of the world. A play called Antigone by Sophocles’, reflects the cultural values and characteristics of the Golden Age. The Golden Age of Greece featured civic pride in the society, a firm belief of realism and idealism, and a strong, tenacious patriarchal system and these qualities are shown in Antigone. After conquering the Persian…

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  • The Corruption Of The Olympic Games

    The Olympic Games have existed throughout the world for over one hundred years and continue to gain popularity between countries. This event has been hosted in places such as Canada, Australia, Russia, Japan, Germany, and so many more. In recent history, however, there has been an ongoing controversial topic about this famous event. After accusations of corruptness were brought out on the IOC (International Olympics Committee), people felt unsteady and unsafe with where the games were hosted.…

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  • Judicial System Vs Electoral System

    Human societies have always required systems to maintain balance, order, and control. The foundation of human civilization spawned from a rapid growth in population during the neolithic era, compelling communities to form hierarchical systems, and early ideas of law. While, during the millennia that followed, ideological and technological progress compelled these systems to evolve and improve, history reveals a repetitive continuity connecting the past and present. The decisions, systems, and…

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  • Thucydides: The Father Of Athenian Democracy

    an Athenian statesman, lawmaker, and poet. He is remebered particulary for his efforts to legislate against political, economic, and moral decline in arachaic Athens. Cleisthenes was an ancient Athenian lawgiver credited with reforming the constitution of ancient Athens and setting in on a deocratic footing. For these accomplisments, historians refer to him as "the father of Athenian democracy." Herodotus was a Greek historian who was born in Halicarnassus in the Persian Empire. He lived in the…

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  • Essay On Ancient Greece

    How did the geography of Greece affect Greek history? There were some significant conditions that influence the history of Greece. Greece is a country that is composed of about 80% mountains. These mountains all range from "8,000 to 10,000 feet high" (Spielvogel 54). Due to this, the people in Greece were separated from one another and they each formed their own city-state or communities. This made it extremely difficult for them to unite under one government because they all followed their…

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