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The Greeks felt great pride after defeating the Persians. From about 479 B.C. to 431 B.C., Athenians turned their pride into a time of achievement known as the Golden Age. Athens was the cultural center of this important period.
The so-called golden age of Athenian culture flourished under the leadership of Pericles (495-429 B.C.), a brilliant general, orator, patron of the arts and politician—”the first citizen” of democratic Athens, according to the historian Thucydides. Pericles transformed his city’s alliances into an empire and graced its Acropolis with the famous Parthenon. His policies and strategies also set the stage for the devastating Peloponnesian War
hellenism is a concept that explained the carrying of Greek thought, ideals, and practices to the Persian Empire and beyond by Alexander the Great. it embarce everything in life life, including politics, art, philosophy, religion, and science
Hellenism spread from eastern Mediterranean all the way to India
Rome first grew into power as a Republic. This meant that Rome's leader, were elected officials that served for a limited amount of time, not kings who were born into leadership and ruled for life. They had a government with written laws, a constitution, and a balance of powers.
These concepts became very important in forming democratic governments in the future, such as the United States. The Republic rules Rome for hundreds of years from around 509 BC to 45 BC.
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