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Chapter 5: Greece and Iran (1000 B.C.E. - 30 B.C.E.)

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hoplites
heavily armored infantrymen who fought in close formation
Pelopponesian Wars
a conflict initiated due to hostilities between former city-state allies that resulted in the eventual defeat of Athens by Sparta and its allies
Persepolis
statesman who dominated Athenian politics from 461 B.C.E. until his death; he led Athens to its greatest heights of success
trireme
an Athenian war ship
Hellenistic Age
the epoch ushered in by the conquests of Alexander; influenced Greek culture
Socrates
Athenian philosopher brought to trial for his teachings that were believed to undermine the Athenian democracy
Persian Wars
a conflict initiated by an uprising of the Ionian Greek colonists that lasted on and off for two centuries and was of profound importance in the eastern Mediterranean
polis
consisted of an urban center and the rural hinterlands that it controlled; usually translated as "city-state"
sacrifice
central ritual of the Greek religion
tyrant
a person who seized and held power in violation of the normal political institutions and traditions of the community; most prevalent in Greek city-states during the mid-seventh and sixth-centuries B.C.E.
Cyrus
Persian leader; united Persian tribes and overthrew the Median monarchy
satrap
governors put in place by Darius to supervise the twenty provinces of the Persian Empire
Darius I
Persian king who seized power following the death of Cambyses; eventually extended Persian control to the Indus River in the east, and into Europe in the west
Persepolis
ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire
Zoroastrianism
monotheistic religion, hymns or Gathas written in archaic Iranian dialect; practiced by Darius I and his successors
democracy
the excersise of political power by all the free, adult males; this originated in Athens
Alexander the Great
son of King Philip of Macedon; conquered the Persian Empire, Egypt, and the lands east as far as the Indus River
Ptolemies
dynasty that ruled Egypt following the death of Alexander and actively encouraged Greek immigration to Egypt
Alexandria
the greatest city of all during an age of cities; famous for its library and lighthouse
Herodotus
chronicler of the exploits of the Greeks and other events of his time; considered the "father of history"