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18 07, 2017

Battle of Salamis – Second Persian War

By |2018-04-23T08:06:26-07:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks, War|0 Comments

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 [...]

9 07, 2017

Battle of Plataea – Second Persian War

By |2018-04-23T07:20:43-07:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, History|0 Comments

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 [...]

7 07, 2017

Classical Greek history

By |2019-09-17T11:01:37-07:00July 7th, 2017|Greeks|2 Comments

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. Tyranny in Athens What is democracy? Athenian democracy Government in ancient Greece All our Ancient [...]

23 06, 2017

When did people learn to swim?

By |2018-04-20T22:35:36-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Games|0 Comments

African swimming (Gilf Kebir cave, Libya, ca. 8000 BC) Many animals can swim. Probably people have always been able to swim too. The very earliest human people lived along the seacoast in Africa, and gathered shells from the ocean, so they would have needed to swim. Certainly by 8000 BC African people were [...]