Power In Ancient Greek Civilizations

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The past is certainly a teacher for the future. It builds the footsteps for the world as we know it today. Power in the past great civilizations has set up a powerful backdrop for the development of the modern werstern world. Power is a crucial development over time that influences and defines our current civilizations. Ancient Greece had one of the most influential forms of power, philosophy, and knowledge in history. The ancient Greeks gave way to civilization in the western world as we know it today. Greece however, had different forms of power and conflict throughout it’s ancient history. Greece was not a unified empire, but is was rather made up of many separate city- states known as the Polis. The formation of these separate city-…show more content…
These certain staples of power were democracy, obligarchies, and tyrannies. Small communities in ancient Greece expanded to become separate city- states known as the Polis. The Polis were the nucleus of life in ancient Greece. This meant that the Polis were gathering places to settle business, discuss politics, and as gathering for religious events as well. The Polis was an independent society in which it’s citizens worked for the good of the state. However, not everyone in the polis had political rights. Only adult males had political influence; whereas the people with no political power were women, children, slaves, and foreigners. Although citizens were entitled to these rights; they also brought with them reponsibilities and duty to the state. However, this patriotism and intense divisions brought along detrimental consequences that led to Greece’s fall. As a city state became more powerful and advanced, so did it’s military. Initially, aristrocratic noblemen fought wars on horseback; these noblemen also were a very powerful force and influence in the politics of their Polis. However; around 700 B.C. , the military was made up of hoplites or well armed foot soldiers. Migration by Greeks to other lands between the years 750 and 550 B.C. led them to having cultural and political influence outside their homelands. Extensive trade with Greeks back in the mainland led to the emergence of many new wealthy men…show more content…
These two polis demonstrate the variation of power seen in ancient Greece. Sparta is well known for having had a military state with fierce warriors. While Athens is well known for having been the birthplace of democracy. The spartans had a scarcity of land and therefore set out to invade Laconia. In 730 B.C., Sparta invaded and took control of Messenia although they were a bigger and stronger city. The conquered peoples were forced to work for the Spartans as serfs called helots. The Spartans set up a military state in order to keep these conquered peoples under their control. This military state strictly controlled the lives of the Spartans. Men were trained to be warriors and were raised under strict military conduct; they lived in military barracks until they were thirty. Once they were thirty, the men could return home and were able to vote in the
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