4 A Different Kind of City Early days – seemed to be developing as the other Greek cities were600s B.C. – wars inside and outside the city led to changes in government and the way people livedChanges turned Sparta into a war machineOne basic rule was made: Always put the city’s needs above your own.
5 A Different Kind of City Spartans conquered the land round their city early in its history.Turned the conquered people into helots (slaves)Helots did all the farm work on the land owned by Spartan citizens.Left the Spartans free to wage warHelots outnumbered the SpartansSpartans turned their city into a war camp in fear of a helot revolt.Helots treated very harshly
6 Growing Up in Sparta Life = in the hands of the government from birth Only healthiest children were raisedOnly wanted healthiest males as its soldiersTraining began at age sevenLived in barracks with other boysTraining continued for the next 13 years
7 Growing Up in SpartaBy the age of 12, a boy had spent long hours practicing with swords and spears.Taught to live off the land (one cloak, one mat to sleep on, small portions of food) to be ready for war
8 Growing Up in SpartaGirls trained and competed in wrestling and spear throwing.No one expected the girls to become soldiers – war tacticSpartan women had a somewhat better life than women in other Greek cities.Allowed to own land and take part in some business
9 Growing Up in SpartaSpartan life lacked the beauty and pleasures found in Athens and some other Greek cities.Spartan warriors were known for their skill and bravery.The Spartan fighting force played a key role in the Greek wars against the Persians.Lived across the Aegean Sea, east of Greece
10 The Persians InvadeMuch of the history of the Greeks tells of wars they fought against themselves, but a new threat loomed near the beginning of the 400s B.C. – the PersiansIn the fall of 490 B.C. a huge force of thousands of Persians landed in GreeceGathered at Marathon, about 25 miles north of AthensAthenians hastily put together a small army
11 The Persians InvadeThe Persians outnumbered them by at least two to one.For several days the armies stared tensely at each other across the plain of Marathon.The Athenians rushed the Persians, who were overwhelmed by the attack.By the time the battle was over, the Athenians had killed 6,400 Persians and lost only 192 soldiers themselves.In a few hours, this tiny state had defeated the giant that came to destroy it.
13 After Persia: Athenian Empire The Persians were defeated after several more battles.Athens’ influence spread over much of eastern Greece.Joined with other city-states and supported democratic groups within themCities became more like subjects rather than allies, though
14 Sparta and Athens at War Athens began to act unfairly toward the other city-states.At first, the allies paid tribute (money) to Athens for protection in case the Persians caused more trouble.Late Athens used this money for the Parthenon and other projects.People began to resent and fear Athens’ powerLooked to Sparta to protect them
15 Sparta and Athens at War 431 B.C. – Sparta and Athens went to warConflict lasted for 27 years = Peloponnesian WarGiven this name because Sparta was located in the Peloponnesus (southern part of Greece)
17 The Fall of AthensEarly in the war, Athens was struck by the plague (widespread disease)About 1/3 of Athens’s people had died from it (lasted 5 years)Pericles was among the deadAthens never recovered from its losses during the plague
18 The Fall of Athens 405 B.C. – the Spartans staged a blockade Surrounded and closed the harbor where Athens received food shipmentsStarving and beaten, the Athenians surrendered in 404 B.C.Result: The victorious Spartans knocked down Athens’ walls. Athens never again dominated the Greek world.
19 Spartans vs. AtheniansAthens vs Sparta (begin 5:30)