Athens Essays

Olympic Spirit

I am going to be talking to you today about the Olympic Spirt. The Olympics have been going on for a long time, and for some they get better and better each year. With new technology and fresh ideas, the games are constantly changing. For some, however, they are changing in the wrong direction. To these people, the games are focused more on the various sporting events and economic benefits, rather than what the games are really about. They are…

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Athens in the Time of Pericles – Religion Death and Burial

Pericles lived from 495-429 BC. During this time, religion was inextricably linked with Athenian society. It contributed to a lot of Athenian culture and the many aspects of religion were depicted through buildings, artworks, festivals and every day rituals. Gods and Goddesses In Greek mythology there were 12 main gods, that were prayed to and worshipped by the Athenians. It was said they lived on top of Mount Olympus. They resembled human form and through their stories of love, war…

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Conflict in Athens

In the time before Solon there was a lot of conflict in Athens. Some between the aristocrats and the peasants. The rich had enslaved a lot of the poor people and most of the other poor people had debt with them. This drove the poor to seek a revolution because it was becoming unbearable. Other conflict that existed was between the different aristocratic families themselves. Megacles and Cylon’s factions had a blood feud going that was quite serious at the…

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Aristophanes Vs Thucydides

Aristophanes and Thucydides both wrote during the Peloponnesian War, the former wrote comic plays and the latter wrote a more serious account of what was happening. Although they were authors of two very different forms of literature they had the common tie of being critical of democracy and blamed it’s downfalls for the Athenian loss of the war. They looked at the same facts about the same events threw different lenses. Aristophanes was much more emotional in his criticism of…

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The Apology – Plato of Socrates

The Apology is written by Plato of Socrates’ trial, at 70 years of age Socrates was accused of impiety and corrupting the youth of Athens. Plato’s account consists of three speeches that were given by Socrates during this trial. Socrates speaks before the men of Athens, his jury, in 399 BCE and confesses he has forgotten who he was, he then recollects who he is, and finally he proclaims who Socrates is. The trial began with the prosecutors presenting their…

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding

“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is a romantic comedy that explores cultural differences in a combination of romance and humor. The story revolves around Toula, a thirty-year-old Greek American single woman, who lives with her family in the suburb of Chicago. She works in her family’s business, a restaurant called “Dancing Zorba’s.” Toula is expected to marry from their ethnic background. However, she struggles with her strict father to convince him that she longs for something else in life. She…

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Athens & Ancient Greece

Athens is one of the most popular cities of ancient Greece. It was a very significant city for out of its four walls came out philosophies, culture and political concepts that are still used and copied today. Like any other ancient civilization, Athens went through stages of development until it reached its Golden Age around the fifth century (500-400 B. C. ). At this time Athenian democratic philosophical concept reaches its height and arts and literature (that are admired today)…

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The Two Sides of Hellenic Thinking_ Pericles’ Funeral Speech and the Bacchae

One of the most famous thinker, orator, general, and statesman in ancient Athens is Pericles. Pericles (495-429 BC) is known as one outstanding figure that represented the “golden age” of the city state of Athens; it is where philosophy, the arts and literature, and the practice of democracy flourished. In addition, it is also in the time of Pericles where many ideas and modes of thinking where developed, which later became one of the most important foundations of western civilization…

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