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Who was Anaxagoras? Greek scientist

By |2018-04-23T14:05:11+00:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks, Science|

A map showing Clazomenae Like Thales before him, Anaxagoras was born in what's now Turkey. Anaxagoras was born around 500 BC in a city called Clazomenae, in the Persian Empire. When he was a child, Clazomenae participated in the Ionian Revolt and soon became part of the Athenian Empire. Anaxagoras seems to have been born into a rich family, and he [...]

Peloponnesian War – Athens and Sparta

By |2018-04-23T08:03:17+00:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, History|

Parthenon, Athens The Athenian historian Thucydides, who lived through the Peloponnesian War and wrote the history of it, began by asking, why did the war start? He answered that basically the war started because Athens was too greedy, and tried to take over all of Greece. They had taken everybody's money, and used [...]

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 [...]

Athenian Democracy – Cleisthenes and Pericles

By |2018-06-19T18:10:34+00:00July 6th, 2017|Government, Greeks, History|

Athenian democracy: the Pnyx, where the Athenian Assembly met in Classical Athens Cleisthenes invents democracy With Hippias gone and the tyranny over, the leader of the Alcmaeonid family, Cleisthenes, started to put his own political system into power in Classical Athens. Cleisthenes wanted power for himself, but he didn't want another tyranny. (What [...]