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A Report on the Direct Democracy Practiced in Athens
Athens is known to be the birthplace of democracy. The word is derived
from the Greek words demos and kratos, which means people and power. The
United States is also a democracy, but there are some significant
differences to the form of democracy practiced in Athens. The United States
is governed by a representative democra...
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The Life and Work of the Christian Theologian Tertullian
Tertullian Tertullian was a Christian theologian and a foremost critic of Rome’s efforts to persecute Christians. Tertullian lived in a time where Christians were commonly persecuted by the Romans simply for not conforming to the “norms” of the empire. Tertullian believes Christians should denounce Greek and Roman traditio...
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A Comparison of the Rule of Alexander the Great to That of Near Eastern Imperial Rule
Alexander the Great Alexander is considered one of the most important men in Western History. However, as historians we must ask ourselves is Alexander truly Greek, or does his rule more closely resemble that of Near Eastern imperial rule? As a monarch, Alexander character better coheres to the context of Near Eastern impe...
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Questioning the Western Character of the Greek and Roman Societies
Final Paper Inhabitants of modern western society tend to treat Greek and Roman societies as distinctly “western” and therefore different from other Mediterranean cultures. However, is this idea a completely realistic view of Greek and Roman culture? I do not believe the Greeks and Romans maintained a uniquely western char...
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The Influence of Gaius Gracchus Over the Political Bodies of the Roman Republic
Gaius Gracchus was able to significantly influence the actions of the political bodies of the Roman Republic by utilizing and innovating his role as a tribune; he not only challenged the power of the Senate in ways previously not observed; he also innovated the tribunal role when he challenged different consuls’ power, and...
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The History of Trials for Homicide in the Roman Republic
Although it was not a primary concern of the Senate during the early years of the Republic, homicide did occur in Rome and was sometimes the reason for trials. As the Republic progressed, so did the occurrence of trials for homicide, and as the Republic moved into its later years, it became more prevalent in the courts. Dur...
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The Immense Impact of Greek Civilization in Arts and Sciences
Upon investigating ancient civilizations, one would become increasingly aware of the impact that these civilizations have had on surrounding and future cultures. The Greeks have undeniably been one of the most influential societies, and their influence is apparent in almost every aspect in Western culture today. Most notewo...
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A Biography of Marc Anthony, an Influential Figure in Roman History
Marc Antony was born in 83 BCE as the son of Antonius Creticus. His father died when Marc was young. He was then brought up by P. Cornelius Lentulus. (Bunson, 19-20) Cornelius was strangled on an order given by Cicero in 63 BCE. In the years of 57-58, Marc joined the army of Gabinius. He was a cavalry commander in Egypt and...
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Was Alexander the Great Really as Great as He is Thought to Have Been?
Alexander The “Great” had many conquering victories in his lifetime. But the question is; Is he as “great” as people make him out to be? I think not. Alexander wouldn’t have gotten where he did without his father. Philip(Alexander’s father) gave him the best kind of education he could get, including Aristotle. They taught...
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A Comparison of the Principles of Athenians and Melians
Athens believes that justice does not exist, hope is foolish, and
pride is what blinds men from see these realities. By these ideas Athens
has won much power and has proved its effectiveness in war. With these
understandings of how the world works, they ask the small island of Melian
to surrender to them or be taken forcefu...
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The Lives of Roman Emperors in The Twelve Caesars by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus
Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus is a Roman historian most known for his book The Twelve Caesars. Written during the second century AD, The Twelve Caesars chronicles the first twelve emperors of the Roman Empire. Most notable, though, are his portrayals of the Julio-Claudian emperors. From Augustus to Nero, Suetonius paints a de...
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A Review of Ptolemy's Domestic and Foreign Policies
Ptolemy I In deciding between which Ptolemy had the most successful domestic and foreign policy, there are really only two choices: Ptolemy I Soter and Ptolemy II Philadelphos. After the first two, there was not much good to be said of the rest of the Ptolemys. It is a difficult choice, however, to choose between the two...
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The Changes in Macedonia and Greece during the Reign of Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Period
Alexander the Great was the King of Macedonia from 336 B.C to 323 B.C, during this period he conquered the Persian Empire, spread the Greek culture and language throughout Asia Minor, Egypt and Macedonia to India (Fiero 136). The Hellenistic period started with the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C and ended in 31 B.C...
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Herodotus' Recount on the Battle of Thermopylae
“The Battle of Thermopyale” The author of “Histories of Herodotus” is Herodotus himself. Herodotus was to be considered the “father of history”. He was the first man to record events and how they happened. His work includes factual information along with myths and legends. The “History of Iran: Histories of Herodotus, Book...
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A Study of the Day in the Life of Enki
“Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.” ~ Keith Haring A great deal has changed between the dawn of man in the evolutionary chain more than 100,000 years ago and the humans we know and love (or hate) today. Cities have...
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The Battle of Adrianople and Its Influence on Roman Perspectives Towards the Barbarians
INTRODUCTION The Battle of Adrianople that occurred in 378 was the first major sign of barbarian power. Prior to this, the barbarians and Romans had lived peacefully. The movement of the Huns caused the barbarians to move closer to the Roman Empire as means of safety. The Roman Empire responded with force to the movemen...
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An Overview of the Spartan Government and Community
Sparta was well known for being the strictest and harshest Greek city-state. It reigned as one of the largest city-states that existed, in addition to the other being Athens, its rival. It was located in the central region of the southern Peloponnese and had lands that were excellent for farming due to its fertility. The...
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An Overview of the Roman Slavery System
In an age of conquest and territorial expansion, the ancient Roman Empire had come to dominate most of Europe and many neighboring Asian and African lands. In the process, thousands of prisoners of war were shipped off to be sold as slaves; it was a common sight for Romans to see the marketplace busy with the auctioning of...
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The Education of a Leader in The Education of Cyrus by Xenophon
The Education of a Good Leader In his classic work, The Education of Cyrus, Xenophon details the life and pursuits of greatness undertaken by a remarkable young man named Cyrus, the King of Persia. In an episode of book two, Cyrus hosts a dinner for a variety of different people, both nobles and servants alike. What is i...
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Neville Morley on the Population of Rome under Augustus in Metropolis and Hinterland: The City of Rome and the Italian Economy 200 B.C.- A.D. 200
First, Morley discusses the problem of measuring Rome’s population. The Romans lacked sophisticated methods of gathering data for censuses, so modern experts have to use comparative evidence to estimate the size of Rome’s population under Augustus (Morley). One approach uses the total area of Rome and its number of building...
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The Worthless Effect of the Peloponnesian War
The Peloponnesian War was a catastrophe of war and power-grabbing from 431
to 404 BC. The Athenians had a desire to concur all of Greece and the
surrounding coasts, for they believed they were the most civilized and
predominant group. So, after the Persian Wars, Athens used in new prestige
and wealth to form a group of sate...
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The Significant Impact of Julius Caesar's Rule in Rome
In Caesar, Politician and Statesman, Matthias Gelzer outlines the pivotal role Julius Caesar played in Rome during his reign, ranging from a prosecuting advocate to a dictator. This book has undergone exhaustive revisions in order to maintain historical accuracy. In the introduction, Gelzer explains that his purpose for wr...
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A Review of Michael Grant's the Fall of the Roman Empire, a Reappraisal
The Fall of the Roman Empire In The Fall of the Roman Empire, A Reappraisal, Michael Grant outlines the reasons for the decline and eventual fall of the Roman Empire. He splits it into six causes: the failure of the army, the gulfs between classes, the credibility gap, the partnerships that failed, the groups that opted ou...
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A History of the Democratic System in Ancient Greece
Greek Democracy In ancient Greece, democracy was viewed as being true democracy only if it was direct; each citizen of the adult male population was able to represent himself in elections as a form of self-government. Although many ancient Athenians, were they alive today, would question whether America’s representative de...
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The Factors Contributing to the Collapse of Rome and Greece
Rome An economic, political, or social change can often result in a collapse of government for a country or city-state. Additionally, a defeat in war for a country or city-state has often lead to a collapse in government as well. The Peloponnesian War that occurred in Greece lead to the collapsing of Greece because of the...
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