Ancient Greece Essay Topics

The Parthenon and the Pantheon

Part I: Ancient Greece The Ancient Greek period is said to have begun around 1000 B.C.  Scholars generally divide the history of ancient Greece into some important periods based on the culture, politics and art of the times.  During the Dark Ages of Greece (1100 – 800 B.C.), the artists decorated amphoras as well as… View Article

The Parthenon

Introduction             According to this worldview, moral living requires that we reproduce the order given in the world and learn in live by it. The Greek Parthenon is a symbol of the classicist worldview[1]. It represents a world standing in well-balanced proportions. The Greek goddess Athena became the Roman goddess Minerva. Worship continued at the… View Article

Ancient Athens-Democracy

Our idea of democracy was derived from ancient Athens. Ancient Athens was very important in history because it was the first government to run as a democracy. Without their ideas, many other countries would not have a democracy. In Athens, women did not have a lot of freedom and spent most of their days in… View Article

The Impact of Polis to Archaic Greece

The Archaic period of Greek history spanned from 750 to 500 BC.  During this period of time, Greece was composed of separate tribal leagues and monarchies.  The polis emerged during the ninth century BC as a communal institution.  The term polis is literally translated as “city-state.”  In ancient Greece, the concept of polis was seen… View Article

Illustration of how the Polis was the center of Athenian Life

Introduction The word Polis (poh-lis) referred to the city-state, to the fortress, and to the people as a whole.  Greek city-states often grew up around forts on the hills or mountaintops for their protection. These city-states were independent states (a nation of its own) that controlled a limited amount of farmland surrounding the territory .The… View Article

Presentation Of The Greek Society

One of the prolific poets that ever emerged from Greece is Homer. Not only was he known for his poetic exploits, his works are one of the works that gave an idea of what life was like in Ancient Greece. Early philosophers of the Ionian school found his work intriguing and His work was criticized… View Article

The Genius of Alexander the Great Book Review

Alexander III of Macedon, widely known as Alexander the Great, is opinioned by some people to have been a ruthless man who only had a thirst for conquest , but according to others he was a man of intellect and “statesmanlike vision” (Hammond Preface). In N.G.L. Hammond’s book The Genius of Alexander the Great, as… View Article

The True Cause of Conflict Between Athens and Sparta

‘The True cause of the conflict between the Athenians and the Spartans was growing fear of Athenian domination.’ To what extent is this an accurate assessment? This assessment is accurate however there are other causes which led to conflict between Athens and the Spartans, which many historians have discussed the different causes of the Peloponnesian… View Article

Assess Whether Pericles Was a Good or Bad Leader

Pericles (C. 495-429 BC) was a very influential politician and general in Athens. He is said to have brought about a very important time in Athenian history known as ‘The Golden Age of Athens’ where he brought about or placed focus on certain things like art, which gave Athens the reputation as the cultural and… View Article

Battle of Thermopylae and Themistocles

Assess Themistocles’ role in the Greek defeat of the Persians in 480-479 BC. Themistocles stands paramount above the rest of the Greek figures as the Athenian general, whose abilities as a tactician and strategist thwarted the Persian invasion force into mainland Greece. Described by ancient writer Thucydides as ‘an unmistakable natural genius… and deserves our… View Article

The Rise of Greek City-States

The 8th century BC witnessed Greece’s emergence from the Dark Age and a simultaneous growth in prestige of the Greek cities. These cities would come to dominate political life and regional administration. The Polis, or city-state, perhaps developed first on the Greek coast of Asia Minor, in places such as Smyrna. The situation of the… View Article

Athenian Artistic Performances Were They a Form of Propaganda

The “glory that was Greece” reached its height in 5th century BCE in Athens, under the leadership of Pericles. He opened Athenian democracy to the ordinary citizen, was responsible for the construction of magnificent temples and statues on the Acropolis and he, in effect created the Athenian empire. The definition of propaganda is “the planned… View Article

Lekythos

A lekythos is an ancient Greek vase made of ceramic; the plural of lekythos is lekythoi (Reference #2). It has a narrow neck, single handle, and is tall with a small, deep mouth (Reference #7). The lekythos was used as a flask, used to hold olive oil and perfumes (Reference #1), and were developed in… View Article

Greek and Chinese ways of life

Throughout the course of history, civilizations have been developing all over the globe. Some of these civilizations have shared several goals, experiences, and problems. Two particularly noteworthy civilizations are those of Greece and China. Greece had many city-states within in it. Two major Greek city-states were Sparta and Athens. Despite belonging to Greece, these city-states… View Article