October 22- Athenian Acropolis

October 22- Athenian Acropolis - October 22, 2007 Political...

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Political Self-Identity through Myth: The Athenian Acropolis Historical Background of the Classical Period Persian Wars: 490 BCE, 480/479 BCE An alliance of Greek city-states defended the Greek mainland from invading Persians Victories at Marathon (490 BCE), Salamis (480 BCE), Plataea Athens as the supreme power in the Mediterranean world - Democratic state with lofty imperial ambitions Delian League established 478 BCE Athens as Super Power The Delian League was originally conceived as a confederation of Greek city- states to defend against the threat of Persian invasion. Athens was the most powerful of these cities Member cities paid ‘membership dues’ (ships and/or money), which helped make the Athenian navy the largest among Greek city-states Eventually this confederation of city-states became an empire controlled by Athens Thucydides (ca. 460-395 BCE) on the Delian League: “For the Athenians were exacting and made themselves odious by putting severe pressure on people neither accustomed nor willing to exert themselves… [they] were no longer the popular leaders they had once been” ( Histories
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This note was uploaded on 05/01/2008 for the course CLAS 131 taught by Professor James during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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October 22- Athenian Acropolis - October 22, 2007 Political...

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