An elevated point within a city on which stood temples, altars, public monuments, and various dedications to the gods of the polis.
A type of Greek government in which only the top members of society exercise authority. The word translates as "power in the hands of the best."
A grand naval alliance, created by the Athenians and led by Aristides, aimed at liberating Ionia from Persian rule .
A type of Greek government in which all citizens, without regard to birth or wealth, administered the workings of government. It is translated as "the power of the people."
A Greek system of philosophy, founded on the teachings of Epicurus, which emphasized that a life of contentment, free from fear and suffering, was the greatest good.
Derived from the Greek for "the rule of one man," it was a type of Greek government in which a king represented the community.
Any of several religious systems in the Greco-Roman world characterized by secret doctrines and rituals of initiation.
The belief that the laws governing ethical behavior are written into nature itself, and therefore possesses universal validity
"The rule of a few," a type of Greek government in which a small group of wealthy citizens, not necessarily of aristocratic birth, ruled.
Generally translated as "city-state," it is the basic political and institutional unit of Greece.
An independent, autonomous state run by its citizens, free of any outside power or restraint.
The most popular of Hellenistic philosophies; it considers nature an expression of divine will, and holds that people can be happy only when living in accordance with nature.