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2 The Persian-Greek Wars (499-479 BCE) A turning point in Greek History

3 Herodotus: Persian Wars

4 Over 600 poli made up the Hellenic world


6 The acropolis of Athens

7 The Greek contribution to political life: Individual members shared a sense of belonging to and participating in the polis. Community problems are caused by human beings and require human solutions. Laws expressed the rational mind of the community to insure its will and needs are met.


9 Cyrus the Great and his sons after him effectively administered their large empire: Divided into 20 provinces (satrapies) Special agents who answered only to the king Use of an official language (Aramaic) Network of roads and postal system Common system of weights and measures Empire wide coinage Fusion of Near Eastern cultural traditions Promoted one religion: Zoroastrianism (Ahura Mazda & Ahriman)

10 Cyrus the Great, was the world’s first world emperor to openly declare and guarantee the sanctity of human rights and individual freedom.


12 The Ionian Revolt, 499-493 BC

13 King Darius I, 521-486 BC Decided to punish the city of Athens for assisting the rebels during the Ionian Revolt of 499 BC.

14 Marathon

15 The Hoplite: Greek footsoldiers

16 Battle of Marathon, 490 BC

17 Battle of Marathon, 490 BC – Phaedippas brings the news to Athens


19 Themosticles: Rushed the construction of 200 triremes Organized Greek city-states into a defensive alliance that included Sparta

20 King Xerxes, 486-465 BC He sought to avenge his father’s defeat. In 480 BC, his army of 360,000 foot soldiers and 800 ships marched over a bridge across the Dardanelles


22 Thermopylae

23 King Xerxes & the Second Persian War, 480-479 BC

24 The Athenians fled the city which was sacked and burned to the ground by the Persians But, the Athenians had a plan…

25 Battle of Salamis



28 The Persian Wars were decisive in the history of the West. Had the Greeks been defeated, the cultural and political vitality we associate and inherit from the Greeks would never have evolved. The confidence and pride from these victories propelled Greece and Athens, in particular, to its “Golden Age.”


30 Pericles, 499-429 BC Pericles was the central figure in Athens during its Golden Age

31 Politics and Govt Philosophy Math & 5 th c. BCE Athens Science The Golden Age Poetry The Age of Pericles Art, Sculpture History Architecture Drama/Theatre

32 The creation of the Delian League, 478 BC

33 The corruption of the Delian League


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