Plague of Athens

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  • Thucydides's History On The Peloponnesian War Summary

    the history of Thucydides cannot be judged strictly for its historical merit as a primary source for the Peloponnesian War, but must also be judged for the author’s more far-reaching intentions. By considering his attempts to demonstrate repetitions in the history of Hellas, his deliberate placement of the narratives, and his portrayals of the war’s key characters, it is evident that Thucydides sought to compose a text about human nature as much as he sought to write “the war.” In the first chapters of his text, 1.1-23, Thucydides examines the history of Greece in an attempt to demonstrate that the Peloponnesian War was far greater than any prior conflict the Greeks had experienced. He ends the section by explaining the policies of both Athens and Sparta – a natural jumping off point into the main focus of his text – before briefly launching into an explanation of his methodology and purpose for writing. It is at this early juncture where Thucydides sets up the secondary purpose of his work – to educate future generations about human nature and its weaknesses. Thucydides saw his history as “an aid to the understanding of the future, which in the course of human things must resemble if it does not reflect it.” This statement is reinforced throughout his preceding historical exploration, where Thucydides established the trends in human nature that would later be repeated when he described the war of his own time. There are many instances throughout the entire work of…

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  • Rise Of Greek Civilization Essay

    Darius the Great was tired of Greece from conquering his land. So he decided to attack the city of Athens because he thought that Athens was the source of his problems. Athens asked the Sparta’s for help but they couldn’t help them at the time. Athens faced the Persians alone in the battle of Marathon and defeated them. Years later, Darius son “king Xerex” tried a different technique to attack the Athens by then Sparta’s were able to join the Athens to defeat the Persians. At the beginning…

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  • Ancient Greek Civilization: The Golden Age

    city-state of Athens became the world’s first democracy. Nonetheless, similarly to others, the Greek Civilization declined after invaded by outsiders; for the Greek case, it was the Kingdom of Macedonia. II. The Emergence of Greek Golden Age 2.1. Art & Literature Ancient Greeks were shaped by religion, thus building massive and breathtaking temples or sculptures…

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  • The Heroic Roles In The Defeat Of Athens And Sparta

    After heroic roles 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…

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  • Pericles Funeral Oration

    The ending of the first year in the Peloponnesian War sparked one of ancient Greece’s greatest works, Pericles’s funeral oration. It was written in tribute to the deceased soldiers as encouragement for their families; however, the underlying message is more politically-centered as well as praises for Athens. While he had decent military tactics, he was opinionated, which shows through in his famous speech. Based on Pericles’s opinions about use of wealth, class equality, and gender distinction…

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  • The Athenian Golden Age

    The Athenian golden Age was brought about by the defeat of the Persian army. This defeat brought about significant overall advances that would shape the world as we see it today. This includes advancements in government, literature, drama, philosophy, and the arts. The beginning of the end of this golden age started in 431 BC and lasted for 27 years. Known as the Peloponnesian war, a war between Sparta and its allies and Athens would tear apart the union between the two city-states it once had…

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  • The Seven Wonders Of The Olympic Games

    Everyone has heard of the Olympic Games. Many countries meet together in competitions to show their strength in many different categories. Whether it is winter or summer, there’s always something to cheer about. Every four years we cheer for the United States in snowboarding, gymnastics, etc., but how many of us know about the very first Olympic Games? Not many people could tell you much about them, so that is what this article is about. The first recorded Olympic Games took place in Greece in…

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  • Essay On Ancient Olympics

    but in the ancient Olympics only men could compete and some women couldn’t even spectate. Particularly the basic difference between the ancient and modern Olympics is that for the ancient Greeks’ competing was way of saluting their gods, whereas in the modern Games it’s based among their athletic talents. The Olympics Games didn’t continue from 776 BCE to present day. The ancient Games came to an end in 394 CE because Emperor Theodosius ordered the closure of all pagan events (Cartwright). For…

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  • Swimming Upstream Film Analysis

    The two fantastic movies, Shine and Swimming Upstream have many similarities and differences. These movies are both true stories about young boys, despite all of the challenges, being successful in the field that they are passionate about. Russell Mulcahy’s 2003 film, Swimming Upstream is focussed on Tony Fingleton’s swimming career and how he got to be a silver medallist at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1962. Whereas, Scott Hicks 1996 movie, Shine is based on David Helfgott’s…

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  • Olympic Torch Research Paper

    The Olympic Torch and the torchbearers visit many places and see many unique and interesting locations. The Olympic Torch Relay has a very intriguing history, includes fascinating people, and inspires many today. First, being the opening event of the Games, the relay is a great way to start watching the Olympics and has a great history to go along with it. The story of the Olympic Torch Relay goes back to the original games in Olympia, Greece, and is reflected in the modern Olympics. In the…

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