In 2012 I divided Chapter 2 of my European History into two parts. That is the page where I shared what I know about classical Greece, and because that is one of the ancient civilizations we know the most about, the page was long and cumbersome. The division was to make it easier on both the eyes and search engine spiders, but it was still larger than I liked. So today, being shut in by another "polar vortex," I subdivided each of the two pages, meaning there are now four pages making up Chapter 2.
I was also able to organize the subject matter in the four parts better than I had before. Although I did not give each page a separate name, the narrative now runs smoothly as follows:
Part 1 = The whole pre-classical era, when Greek civilization was developing.
Part 2 = The golden age of Athens.
Part 3 = The decline of Greece, from the Peloponnesian War to the arrival of the Romans in the neighborhood.
Part 4 = Greek religion and philosophy.
Here is the new layout. Read and enjoy, if you haven’t done so previously.
Chapter 2: Classical Greece
1000 to 197 B.C.
What Made Classical Greece So Special?
The Archaic Period
Aristocracy, Oligarchy, and Tyranny
The Athenian Road to Democracy
The Persian Wars
Why the Greeks Won
Hellenic Poetry and Drama
Hellenic Architecture, Sculpture and Pottery
The Peloponnesian War
Spartan and Theban Ascendancy
Philip of Macedon
Alexander’s Empire Up For Grabs
Pre-Classical Greek Religion
The Early Philosophers
The Sophists and Socrates
Plato and Aristotle
Other Developments in Greek Philosophy