Ancient Athens Essays

  • Ancient Athens

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    Ancient Athens The last Olympic swimmer just touched the wall and the race has ended. Cameras are replaying every single movement from the race and a winner has been clearly decided. Just as these Olympic swimmers will gain a medal for placing, ancient Athens had numerous accomplishments of its own. Athens “prosperity … was due in large part to its stable and effective government” (SOURCE 1). When analyzing the history of ancient Athens, is easy to see how the accomplishments of a democracy,

  • Prostitutes in Ancient Athens

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    Prostitutes in Ancient Athens Works Cited Missing Ancient Athens was a highly polarized society in which citizenship meant everything. Citizenship permitted individuals to not only participate in the democratic government but also gave them access to all the rights and splendors of the city. A citizen controlled influence over slaves, foreigners and most importantly women. Athenian women were relegated to the status of child bearers and keepers of the household. There was no room for personal

  • Ancient Athens of Greece

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    Ancient Athens of Greece Ancient Greece, is a civilization that still influences society today. Athens was one of the most important and powerful cities in Greece. The name Athens in Ancient Greek was Athenai. The Greeks believed that each city-state in ancient Greece had a god or goddess in charge of it, their special patron. Athens was named after Athena, the goddess of wisdom. The people of Attica chose Athena because of her gift, the olive tree. The Olive tree symbolizes peace and plenty. Ancient

  • Compare The Architecture Of Ancient Athens

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    Humanities of ancient Egypt were distinct from that of the Athens in a way that the Egyptians were very religious. Egyptians believed in many gods. This religious form was known as polytheism. While Egypt was more into religion and honoring the dead, Athens were more about building great cities called polis. In these polis Athenian men would gather to practice democracy. The Athenians would choose their leaders and make important decisions by majority vote from the whole polis. The Egyptian people

  • Ancient Athens And The Golden Age Of Athens

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    playwrights of ancient Greece had to do all that work without wikianswers. Ancient Greek Theatre was a big and celebrated occasion in that time period. The Ancient Greek play by Aeschylus, The Persians, was greatly influenced by the culture as well as the economic status of Greece, and the political leaders at the time. Thus began the Age of Pericles, the period of Greek history when Pericles ruled Athens. Under Pericles, Athens went through a period that has become known as the Golden Age of Athens (480-404)

  • Ancient Athens Research Paper

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    Probably one of the first things learned from history books or classes on ancient Greece is that the Greeks invented democracy. Athens originally had kings, but gradually, by the 5th century B.C., it developed a system that required active, ongoing participation of the citizens. Rule by the demes or people is a literal translation of the word "democracy". While virtually all citizens were allowed to participate in the democracy, citizens did not include women, children, slaves, or resident aliens

  • Punishment In Ancient Athens

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    beginning of Athens, there were no set of laws or rules. They would generally have the injured person injure the one who injured them. For example, if someone was murdered, the family members of the one killed got to kill the one who killed him. Fate was often left up to those in charge, during the time of an oligarchy. In 632 BC, a Greek statesman named Draco created the first written laws of Greek. The laws were so harsh that it is believed that they were written in blood. Before that, in Athens, a jury

  • Comparing Ancient Athens And Sparta

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    Athens and Sparta were all very big, successful city-states in the ancient world that conquered many lands and won many battles. Ancient Athens and Ancient Sparta seem similar they have very different functioning societies. Athens was known for its impressive art and culture while Sparta was a very war-like city-state and their society was completely based on having a great military. The thing they had in common was that social status and the jobs that each rank of society had was very important

  • Ostracism: Political Practice In Ancient Athens

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    Ostracism, political practice in ancient Athens whereby a prominent citizen who threatened the stability of the state could be banished without bringing any charge against him. (A similar device existed at various times in Argos, Miletus, Syracuse, and Megara.) At a fixed meeting in midwinter, the people decided, without debate, whether they would hold a vote on ostracism (ostrakophoria) some weeks later. Any citizen entitled to vote in the assembly could write another citizen’s name down, and, when

  • The City States of Spart and Athens in Ancient Greece

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    Around the year 500 BCE many poleis existed in ancient Greece. Two of the main poleis, or city states in Greece, were Sparta and Athens. Although both of the city states were located in the same area of the world; they had different ways of living. Sparta and Athens had many differences in how they ran their city states. There were many political, economic, and social differences between the two city states. Sparta and Athens may have had their differences but they fought side by side against the

  • Rise and Fall of Athens and Ancient Rome

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    with cities such as New York City. Two of these cities, ancient Athens and ancient Rome, stand out from other cities of their time due to their culture, politics, and influence, both on the world around them and on future civilizations. These strengths qualify them as world cities, and despite their eventual losses of power, their legacies live on. Athens obtained hegemony around 448 BC, right after the war-like city-state of Sparta. Athens’ Golden Age was under the rule of Pericles, who initiated

  • Differences Between Sparta and Athens in Ancient Greece

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    The ancient civilization of Greece contained many different city-states; two of these city-states were Sparta and Athens. Sparta and Athens were different in their values, politics, and societies. Sparta was focused on their military, discipline, and to have a strong state. Athens was a democratic state that was peaceful and where women were open to culture and democracy. How do these two city-states differ? Sparta and Athens were formed in two different ways. Sparta was originally four small villages

  • Gender-Based Life Differences in Ancient Athens and Sparta

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    of Greece today, we think of one united nation. However, Greece was not always this way. In ancient times, Greece was divided into over a thousand city-states with Sparta and Athens being two of the most prominent ones. Due to the division of Greece back then, each city-state had their own laws, their own government, their own military and their own way of life. As a result of these differences between Athens and Sparta, daily life was very different between the two city-states and because of their

  • Greece

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    largest and most populated ancient Athens and is situated in Central Greece at approximately 38° N 23.7° E. Athens is now known as one of the safest and most affordable cities in the world and is also the world-renowned home for the ancient Acropolis- (acro: edge, polis: city), the home of the statues of the gods and goddesses like Zeus and Athena. The majestic statue marvels are no longer in the Acropolis, but in local museums because of the threat of pollution. The city of Athens has become Greece’s largest

  • Compare And Contrast Ancient Sparta And Athens

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    There was once an era when Greece was one of the most powerful empires intellectually and physically. Ancient Sparta and Athens, being two of the most popular city-states in Greece, were rivals. These two powerful states had different trademarks; “. . .Athenians boasted of their art and culture, Spartans valued strength and simplicity” (Frey 260). One contrast between the two city-states was the way they treated slaves. In Constitution of the Athenians, Pseudo-Xenophon wrote, “. . . they let the

  • Ancient Athens: Legacy of Intellectual Sophistication

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    be a philosopher in ancient Athens and a poet in ancient China” a quote from Shan Sa, an awarded Chinese author, show the legacy of ancient Athens today. Athens is remembered for being the birthplace of democracy, drama, and philosophy. All of these would have most likely never occurred if not for development of an academic society that valued reason and logic. One of Plato’s works, The Symposium, shows the degree of the intellectual community. The intellectual life in Athens was sophisticated and

  • Dionysus and the Unraveling of Ideologies in The Bacchae

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    Dionysus and the Unraveling of Ideologies in The Bacchae Some evaluations claim that the Dionysus appearing in The Bacchae is fairly true embodiment of the ideals of ancient Athens. He demands only worship and proper reverence for his name, two matters of honor that pervaded both the Greek tragedies and the pious society that viewed them. In other plays, Oedipus' consultations with Apollo and the many Choral appeals to Zeus reveal the Athenian respect for their gods, while Electra's need for

  • Comparing Phaedo and Ecclesiastes

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    several hundred miles of the Mediterranean Sea, two of the world's greatest cultures simultaneously matured and advanced in the centuries before the birth of Christianity. In the Aegean north, Hellenic Greeks blossomed around their crown jewel of Athens, while the eastern Holy City of Jerusalem witnessed the continued development of Hebrew tradition. Though they shared adjacent portions of the globe and of chronology, these two civilizations grew up around wholly different ideologies. The monotheistic

  • Medieval Torture

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    used as a means of ordeal and to punish captured enemies. Examination by torture, often called the “question,” has been used in many countries as a judicial method. It involves using instruments to extort evidence from unwilling witnesses. In ancient Athens, slaves were always examined by torture, and for this reason their evidence was apparently considered more valuable than that of freemen. A free Athenian could not be examined by this method, but torture may have been used occasionally in executing

  • Comparing Military and Social Structures of Ancient Sparta and Athens

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    Sparta and Athens were two of the greatest societies in ancient Greece, having a commanding amount of influence on Greece as a whole as well as history. Both civilizations held up well in war and had successful societies. I will discuss these two great nations and how they differed on training techniques, social structure, their military preference and how each civilization met its end. Spartans Focused heavily on creating elite soldiers and prided themselves on survived hardships. According to