More than these artifacts it is the ideas and practice of democracy, of truth, beauty and balance. And it also a story of all that is base in humans that lead us to turn away from these ideals.
The Greek miracle and the Greek tragedy.
It is the story of how the West began. It is a compelling universal human story of the best and the worst in us.
Accession of Alexander
|Alexander became King in Macadonia upon the murder of his father and began the conquests that defined the beginning of the Hellenistic era.|
|359 - 336 Macedonia rising||Under Philip, a power arises to the north that threatens the weak Athens.|
|No longer a political force in an active sense, Athens still was the home of Socrates (killed 399) and Plato.|
The Peloponnesian War
|For reasons small and petty,
Athens and Sparta tangled, the one a naval power the other a land one. Over
time they exhausted each other; Sparta won and the chance for more to be
The Greek Miracle
|It all happened here.
|Twice an outnumbered Greek nation fights off the Persian hosts and secures liberty for the greatness that follows.|
|Last modified 2/6/12; posted 7/6/02; original content © 2012, 2002 John P. Nordin|