In a interval of solely about 100 years, Athens went from relative obscurity, to changing into an influential empire, to collapsing into destroy.
My visitor in the present day will information us by way of the dramatic arc of this city-state and the larger-than-life characters that contributed to it. His title is David Stuttard, and he’s a classicist and the writer of Phoenix: A Father, a Son, and the Rise of Athens, and Nemesis: Alcibiades and the Fall of Athens.
We start our dialog with the rise of Athens and why its aristocratic households determined to institute a radically democratic type of authorities. David then walks us by way of how the Persian invasion catapulted Athens to energy in Greece. Alongside the way in which, David explains how a father and son named Miltiades and Cimon led Athens to energy. We then shift our consideration to the autumn of Athens and the way it was precipitated by the Peloppensian Struggle with their one-time ally, Sparta. David introduces us to the made-for-Hollywood character that will play a pivotal position in Athens’ fall — the good-looking and charismatic aristocrat and serial traitor, Alcibiades. We finish our dialog with the teachings we moderns can take from the rise and fall of Athens.
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- AoM Podcast #461: The Spartan Regime
- AoM Podcast #710: The Spartans at Thermopylae
- Battle of Marathon
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