The Subdivision of Classical Greece

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.
Part I

What Made Classical Greece So Special?

The Archaic Period


Aristocracy, Oligarchy, and Tyranny

Militant Sparta

The Athenian Road to Democracy

The Persian Wars

Why the Greeks Won

Part II

Athenian Democracy

Greek Medicine

Hellenic Poetry and Drama

Hellenic Architecture, Sculpture and Pottery

Athenian Society

Athenian Imperialism

Athenian-Spartan Rivalry

Part III

The Peloponnesian War

Spartan and Theban Ascendancy

Philip of Macedon

Alexander’s Empire Up For Grabs

Hellenistic Devolution

Part IV

Pre-Classical Greek Religion

The Early Philosophers

The Sophists and Socrates

Plato and Aristotle

Other Developments in Greek Philosophy

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