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Sicilian expedition – Peloponnesian War

By |2017-07-09T01:19:34+00:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, History|

Alcibiades (from a later portrait done after he was dead) The Peloponnesian war was not going so well for Athens. So the Athenians decided to try a really dramatic, aggressive move. A young Athenian general named Alcibiades (al-se-BUY-a-dees) had a plan. He convinced the Athenian Assembly to send almost the entire Athenian army [...]

End of the Peloponnesian War

By |2018-03-30T20:12:43+00:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, History|

The end of the Peloponnesian War: Tissaphernes, the Persian satrap Alcibiades changes sides The Spartans defeated the Sicilian Expedition in 415 BC. Plus, now they had the help of the Athenian general Alcibiades, who had gone over to the Spartan side. Alcibiades taught the Spartans how to fight naval battles.So the Spartans started [...]

The Curse of the Alcmaeonids

By |2018-04-22T23:02:15+00:00July 7th, 2017|Greeks, History|

Alcmaeonid curse: These skeletons of men who were killed with their hands tied may be some of Cylon's supporters. The Alcmaeonids (alk-MEE-oh-nids) were a very rich family who lived in Athens in the Archaic and Classical periods. "Alcmaeonids" means the descendants of Alcmaeon. The Athenians thought that all the Alcmaeonids were under a [...]

Who was Alcibiades? Classical Greece

By |2017-07-07T01:18:47+00:00July 7th, 2017|Greeks, History|

Alcibiades (from a later portrait done after he was dead) Alcibiades was born in Athens around 450 BC. His mother was an Alcmaeonid. He was from one of the richest families in Athens, and he grew up with the best of everything. After his father was killed in battle, Pericles, another Alcmaeonid, was [...]

Hellenistic Athens – Athens and Alexander the Great

By |2017-07-06T22:52:31+00:00July 6th, 2017|Government, Greeks, History|

Veiled dancer (now in the Metropolitan Museum) Athenian democracy was badly shaken by the Peloponnesian War, which started in 441 BC. As the Athenians began to lose the war to the Spartans, some people, including men like Socrates and Plato, thought they should abandon the democracy and go back to an oligarchy. Alcibiades, [...]