Ancient Greece in the 5th Century BC

Keypoints (second edition)

by Anthony Lynch

ISBN 978-0-9757457-8-6

RRP: $45.00 AUD

Ancient Greece in the 5th Century BC begins with the expansion of the Persian Empire at the end of the 6th Century BC and ends with the defeat of Athens in 404 BC at the hands of Sparta in the Peloponnesian War.

Key topics discussed are the Persian Wars, the creation of the Delian League and the emergence of a militarily dominant Athens. The development of radical democracy in Athens in the mid-century also saw the transformation of the Delian League into the Athenian Empire. With the wealth and power that resulted from this development, Athens came to dominate the Greek world which led to an inevitable clash with Sparta. The Peloponnesian War had a profound impact on the Greek world. Throughout the 5th Century, Athens became the centre of extraordinary cultural achievements, a legacy left to us by the historians Herodotus, Thucydides and Xenophon, the playwrights Sophocles, Aeschylus and Aristophanes, and the architects and sculptors of the Parthenon.

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