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Battle of Salamis – Second Persian War

By |2018-04-23T08:06:26+00:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks, War|

Phoenician ship In 480 BC, the Persian king Xerxes was attacking Greece. Things looked very bad for the Greeks, when the Greek navy, under the command of the Athenian general Themistocles, wrecked the Persian fleet at Salamis and kept the Persians from taking over Greece. Both the Persians and the Greeks used triremes to fight this naval battle. The Persians had a [...]

Battle of Plataea – Second Persian War

By |2018-04-23T07:20:43+00:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, History|

Battle of Plataea: Iranian archers from the Persian Empire Battle of Plataea Now that the Greeks had won a major naval victory over the Persians at Salamis, they were braver. Now they were all eager to fight the Persian army on land too. So in the spring of 479 BC, when Xerxes sent [...]

Classical Greek history

By |2018-04-23T06:34:12+00:00July 7th, 2017|Greeks, History|

Classical Greece: the Pnyx, where the Athenian Assembly met Democracy in Athens In 510 BC a man named Cleisthenes (KLICE-then-eez), who was an aristocrat (a rich, powerful man) in Athens, invented another new type of government, the democracy. Cleisthenes, like other aristocrats, wanted to get more power. But tyrants had gotten unpopular in [...]