Peloponnesian War

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  • Aristophanes 'Lysistrata'

    play Lysistrata during the Peloponnesian War in 411 B.C. Aristophanes created plays that symbolized his own opinions and views on topics affecting him and other Athens. The play Lysistrata describes Aristophanes views of the Peloponnesian War and the possibility of peace through uniting the forces of the Greek women. The play contains the themes of humor and sexuality, but the straightforward expression of war in the play describes how Aristophanes feels about the war. Synopsis The story…

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  • Summary: How Greek Democracy Ended

    Brand talks about Hubris and jealousy. The wealth and success of Athens, led to jealousy and resentment and ultimately Athens and Sparta went to war in 431 B.C.E. According to Brand, “Pericles was convinced the war could be won in a few years”. (Brand, n.d., p.34). However, that was not the case and the Peloponnesian Wars lasted for more than 30 years. War can bring a country together or tear it apart; many times, it depends on the courage, integrity and popularity of the leader. Pericles…

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  • Greed In Ancient Greece

    In the famous words of one Allan Poe E., ‘the glory that was once Greece’ did not live for as long many would have expected it to. In fact, mighty Greece only survived for a short while and remained confined to a geographically minute area. As of the 5th Century BC, mighty Greece was primarily Athens. The state as a whole was Attica but Athens was its driving force at the time. To many, Athens was the “eye” of Greece based on it being a rich artistic hub and highly democratic (Brody et al.,…

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  • Thucydides's 'Rivalry Between Athens And The Athenian'

    writes and tells about the war between the Peloponnesians and the Athenians, known as the Peloponnesian War, from the beginning of the war. In the first part of chapter 1, he tells about how the war would be a great war, more memorable than any wars before this time. He writes about the causes of the war and he looks at previous wars such as the Trojan War and correlates their abilities and impact with the war between Athens and Sparta. Thucydides believed that the Trojan War lasted so long…

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  • Antigone And Thucydide: An Effective Form Of Democracy

    his book, History of the Peloponnesian War. Together, these two works teach modern society that neither a pure democracy nor a pure dictatorship can be a successful political system due to inherent fatal flaws in each system. In the Athenian democracy, where every male citizen over 18 years of age received an equal vote in making decisions, the system failed since powerful speakers easily persuaded the Athenian assembly into rashly…

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  • The Heroic Roles In The Defeat Of Athens And Sparta

    in the defeat of the Persians (480-479 B.C.), for the next half-century, Athens and Sparta assumed preeminence among the city-states, and their rivalry slowly led to the long-expected showdown. Thucydides, a contemporary historian, believed that the war broke out because of Spartan fear of the rising power of Athens, whose empire and capital increasingly isolated less imaginative and less adventurous rivals. Both were unusually powerful, atypical–and antithetical–Greek states that could afford…

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  • Delian League Essay

    League unpopular? Due to Athenian misbehavior, the popularity of the Delian League deteriorated over time due to the Athenians’ abuse of power for their own interests. The dissatisfaction of allies, such as revolts and eventual outbreak of the Peloponnesian War, is noted in Thucydides. While Thucydides acts as a good primary source of accounts of the Delian League, it is undoubtedly an Atheno-centric primary source that may not fully capture all sides of the story. Thucydides shows only his…

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  • Peloponnesian League Strengths And Weaknesses

    Fellow members of the Peloponnesian League, I recognize that I have little authority to speak in this conference as I am a Spartan hoplite, not a council member, general, or mighty king. I have trained my entire life to be part of Sparta’s magnificent army, I grew up in Sparta and now live there with my wife and children. As you know, Sparta has the strongest army in all of Greece, and we are far superior to the Greek army. Our men are well-trained and prepared to fight. I strongly believe we…

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  • Similarities And Differences Between Ancient Egypt And Ancient Greece

    slaves they owned since the poor could not afford slaves. Thus, it seems that these great civilizations lived different from one another. Despite their differences in lifestyles, one comparable attribute of Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt would be their religion. Both civilizations practiced a polytheistic religion which meant they believed in more than one god. Ancient Egypt was ruled by pharaohs. Pharaohs were the highest level in the Egyptian society and were considered close to the gods.…

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  • How Did Athens Change Athenian Government

    Sparta after the Peloponnesian War to a radical democracy. The radical democracy was successful and remained the shape of the Athenian government for around a hundred years. Athenians went through many government structures on their trip to democracy. They started with a king in the 700s BCE, then switched to an oligarchy, then Solon came to power and made democratic reforms and finally Cleisthenes came to power. Cleisthenes transformed…

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