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...

The Parthenon

When you think of Greece, you think of the Parthenon. It remains today the ideal of Classical architecture and artistic design. The Parthenon stands today...

The Last Stand of the Spartans

The most famous of all holding actions in military history where 300 Spartans made an Alamo of a mountain pass in Greece. The Battle of...

The Battle of Plataea

A summary of the Battle of Plataea, which effectively ended the Persian Invasion of 480 B.C.E After Salamis After the Battle of Salamis in 480 B.C.E,...

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...

Miltiades

After the death of his brother Stesagoras (some time in the last quarter of the 6th century BC), Miltiades the son of Cimon was...

Amazons – A Race of Women Warriors

Since classical times, the word 'Amazonian' has been applied to strong, self-sufficient women who eschew the company of men. Recently, a member of the British...

Three Periods of Ancient Greek Art: The Archaic, the Classical, and the Hellenistic

The ideals of Greek art are considered by historians to be the foundation of Western civilization and to have touched literally all aspects of...

Were the Spartans Gay? Homosexuality in Sparta, Ancient Greece

Pederasty, or the sexual love of adolescent boys, was a strong part of Ancient Greek culture. It was age-defined and kept within strict social...

A History Written in Stone

How much do we personally know about Ancient Greece? Most of us can say that we know that the Olympics began there, that...
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