Course OverviewIn the ancient Near East, the Persian Empire was one of the largest, most powerful states the world had known up to that time. In comparison, the city-states that made up the ancient Greek world encompassed a much smaller geographical region and were disunited and frequently at war with each other. Consequently, when the Persian Empire turned its attention to the Greek world and began to contemplate a conquest of the city-states, the end of Greek independence seemed inevitable. Miraculously, when the Persians invaded Greek territory, the Greeks were able to defeat them and, over the course of ten years and in a series of battles, preserved their independence. The survival of free Greek city-states ultimately led to the development of democracy as well as advances in science, philosophy, and theater. In this class, we’ll examine the origin, course, and outcome of the Greco-Persian war and how different the world might have been if the Persians had, in fact, won the war.
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