Sunday, September 26, 2021

Ancient Greece, part 7 – Greek Drama

The Origins of Greek Drama If there is one thing that we know to definitely have been invented for the first time in the city...

Ancient Greece, part 6 – Greek Religion and Philosophy

Understanding Greek Religion In order to understand Greek religion, it is necessary for us to make a leap of the imagination. One of the barriers to...

Ancient Greece, part 5 – Athenian Society

Citizens and Hoplites Although citizenship brought with it many privileges, it was not without its obligations. Throughout the fifth century, the Athenians maintained what was essentially...

Ancient Greece, part 4 – Athenian Democracy

The Origins of Athenian Democracy Before the introduction of democracy in 508 BC, Athens was ruled by a tyrant. (In Ancient Greece, the word ‘tyrannos’ did...

Ancient Greece, part 3 – Pericles and the Athenian Empire

The Delian League With the final defeat of the Persians, mainland Greece was safe from invasion. But now a most extraordinary thing happened. In the winter of...

Ancient Greece, part 2 – Herodotus and the Persian Wars

At the beginning of the fifth century BC, the Achaemenid Persian Empire was the most powerful state in the Ancient Near East. The term ‘Achaemenid’...

Ancient Greece, part 1 – The Origins of Athens

Up to the middle of the twentieth century, students of Ancient History had always been taught that the Greeks were actually ‘Aryan’ invaders from...