Saturday, March 17, 2007

And you thought taking on Washington Mutual was hard

Marty Robertson may have overreached this time. He has attempted to encapsulate the history of ancient Greece in a single blog post. Historians will not be pleased.

Half of the post covers the history before 650 BC, which (unless you're a Philistine) isn't of huge interest to most. Here's a bit of the later history.

Around 594 BC a new leader was appointed in Athens named Solon. In order to ease tensions between the rich and the poor, Solon forgave all debts and freed all slaves connected to debt. He then set up a class system of government that allowed rich and poor a voice in making law and ruling. He started democracy. On the Peloponnesian peninsula to the west, Sparta rose to power. What Sparta lacked in wealth it made up for in military strength. For the next several hundred years these two city-states intermittently attempted to slaughter each other or combined forces to drive back much stronger enemies. As allies the great and legendary battles of Marathon and Thermopylae (the movie 300) were fought. The combined city-states eventually drove the Persians back to Asia Minor but not before the city of Athens was burned to the ground.

Much more here.


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