CLASSICS 1M03 Chapter 7: Readings - Chapter 7

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Chapter 7: sparta, athens, and the classical age (500 387 bce) mathisen. Pages 180-196: by the end of the archaic age (around 500 bce) the greeks had became the greatest economic and cultural force in the mediterranean world, but politically they contributed to squabble. Up until this point, the greeks had confronted no serious foreign threats and were able to develop socially and politically by itself. The classic age of greek history (500 323 bce) brought the greeks into conflict with the greatest power in the world, the persian empire. The spartan way : sparta and athens at the beginning of the classic age were the two most powerful. Greek cities: sparta was one of the dorian city-states. Sparta was purely an agricultural economy that never engaged in trade (so it became poor): sparta"s military was based solely on the army since it couldn"t afford a navy.

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