By Theo Papas
State. Freedom. Democracy.
How a lot may you sacrifice to guard them?
480 B. C.
Proud Xerxes, Emperor of Persia and King of Kings, invades Greece with 1000000 infantrymen. He instructions millions of ships and is supported by way of dozens of allies, between them the captivating Queen Artemisia.
Against him stand a number of Greek opponents and decided males - Leonidas and his 300 Spartans on dry land, the personification of bravery and patriotism; and Themistocles and the fleet of Athens at the sea, the incarnation of ingenuity and method.
Can they cease him?
WAR. HEROISM. SELF SACRIFICE. VICTORY.
An epic booklet in regards to the first nice battle in background, a battle that made up our minds the destiny of humanity, western civilization and democracy.
A tricky yet deeply human novel approximately honor, dignity and tragic love overwhelmed among the blade of a sword and the blood of conflict.
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146). What Thucydides says about the causes of the war is, thus, consistent and a sufﬁcient explanation. We can understand why the war broke out on the basis of what he says. There may have been other factors involved, but to a large extent they only have a place in the discussion if we widen it to include even more fundamental ‘causes’ than his ‘truest reason’. For example, there may have been a certain amount of antagonism between the two sides arising from political ideology. 1; cf. 47). Another and even more fundamental source of antagonism may have been that the Spartans and most of their allies spoke the Doric dialect and believed themselves to be ‘Dorians’, whereas the Athenians and most of their allies spoke Ionic, of which Attic is a sub-dialect, and claimed to be of ‘Ionian’ descent.
On the other hand, it is possible that the decree was passed earlier. There may be an allusion to it in the speech of the Corinthian envoys who tried to dissuade the Athenians from concluding the alliance with Kerkyra. 2). 4), because this could hardly be referred to as mere ‘suspicion’. 6 However, the earlier we put the Megarian decree, the more it weakens the joke about starving Megarians in Aristophanes’ play, which was produced in 425, and the arguments for dissociating the Corinthians’ ‘suspicion’ about the Megarians from their ‘bitter hatred’ are not as cogent as may appear.
2), administered the funds, and Athenians invariably commanded alliance forces. The alliance grew rapidly through a mixture of voluntary adherence and the use of force until it embraced nearly all the islands of the Aegean, including the Dodecanese, and cities on the coasts of Macedonia, Thrace, the Hellespont (Dardanelles), the Propontis (Sea of Marmara) and Asia Minor as far east as Phaselis. At first Athens’ allies probably enjoyed a wide measure of genuine independence (cf. 1), but Athenian control was always tight and by the outbreak of our war, the alliance had become an empire (archê: cf.