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Classical Athens

century B.C. Athens and Sparta, the two most powerful Greek city-states, found themselves on the brink of a full-scale war. According to Thucydides, at the beginning of the war both Athens and Sparta were at the pick of their might and flourishing and could trade and cooperate to each other’s benefit; instead, they got involved into an armed confrontation, in which the rest of the Greek cities participated, on one side or on the other. The growing military and financial power of Athens as well as...

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athens

Athens vs. Sparta Essay During Ancient Times, many civilizations emerged from darkness and became powers in a world so small that half of it hadn’t been discovered. One of these famed civilizations was the Greek Civilization. The Greek Civilization was divided into cities known as Poleis that had their own government and culture. Sparta and Athens, the two most important Greek city states, were different in government, society and daily life. During the Greek Civilization, two forms of governments...

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Sparta vs Athens

existed, democracy and oligarchy. The city-states of Athens and Sparta are the best representatives of democracy and oligarchy, respectively. The focus of the times was directed towards military capabilities, while the Athenians were more interested in comfort and culture. It was the oligarchy in Sparta that put a war-like attitude as its first priority and best met the needs of Ancient Greece. These factors empowered Sparta and led to Sparta Vs Athens In Ancient Greece there were two different major...

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Athens and Sparta

The Growth of Athens and Sparta What is a city-state? * A political system consisting of an independent city with sovereignity (the ultimate authority in the decision-making) over a fixed surrounding area for which it served as leader of religious, political, economic, and cultural life. * They had developed when earlier tribal systems broke down and splintered groups established themselves as independent nuclei c. 1000–800 B.C. Factors leading to the rise of Greek city-states * The...

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Development of Athens and Sparta

They had to stay in the army until the age of sixty. The women of Sparta lived at home while their husbands lived in the barracks. This gave them more freedom and greater power in the household compared to women in other city-states, such as Athens. Athenian women were married by fourteen or fifteen and received no form of formal education. They were to remain out of sight unless they were attending a funeral or a festival and they had to be accompanied by a man. Spartan women exercised to...

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The Peloponnesian War: Athens The Instigator

Athens the Instigator “If we do go to war, have no thought that you went to war over a trivial affair” (Thucydides, in Hunt 101). The Peloponnesian War lasted longer than any other pervious war in Greece. The war began in 431 BCE with Sparta’s invasion of Athens. The Athenians sacrificed the destruction of their private property in order to hide in the safety of their city. The Long Walls of Athens protected its citizens and preserved its population. The Spartans however had the upper hand in infantry...

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Athens VS Sparta

Athens VS Sparta               Athens and Sparta were two of the greatest Greek city states ever. Not only do these two cities have many differences but they also have some things in common too. But only one could be the best, was it Sparta or Athens?             Many people think that Sparta and Athens were completely different, but this is not true, they had many similarities. To start off they were both two of the most powerful and important city states in ancient Greece. Sparta with...

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Women in classical athens

WOMEN IN CLASSICAL ATHENS IN THE SHADOW OF NORTH-WEST EUROPE OR IN THE LIGHT FROM ISTANBUL Being a woman in classical Athens cannot have been much fun, if one can rely on the majority of the accounts of women's position in the Greek city-state. The Athenian democracy, traditionally held in high esteem in many other ways, was a democracy of the minority. Women, foreigners and slaves had no influence or true civil rights. They lived in the shadow of the Parthenon and the Acropolis. Sarah...

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Athens Vs. Sparta

Athens vs Sparta All cities around the world have individualized customs and laws to specifically benefit their society. One would assume that two cities within close proximity would share many of these customs. With only 150 miles in between, it would be hard to imagine that Athens and Sparta could be so abundant in differences. Yet, with the information learned, few similarities are exhibited. There are many differences between Spartan and Athenian civilizations with regards to their government...

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Pericles And Athens: A Comparative Analysis

city-state to city-state. Athens practiced democracy, Sparta practiced oligarchy, Athens in the early time practiced Aristocracy, Mycenae practiced monarchy, the people of Mycenae are satisfied with their king as supreme leader while tyranny was practiced by Hyppias in Athens in early time before Athens embrace democracy but not without repercussion. To cut the long story short, differences between these form of governments are given in the table below: Direct democracy Athens at about 500 BC was an...

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