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Xerxes
Persian leader who invaded Greece
Knossos
an ancient town on Crete where Bronze Age culture flourished from about 2000 BC to 1400 BC
Helots
Slaves to the Spartans that revolted and nearly destroyed Sparta in 650 B.C.E.
Pericles
Athenian statesman whose leadership contributed to Athen's political and cultural supremacy in Greece
Jury
a body of citizens sworn to give a true verdict according to the evidence presented in a court of law
Aesop
Greek author of fables (circa 620-560 BC)
Solon
a man who is a respected leader in national or international affairs
Homer
ancient Greek epic poet who is believed to have written the Iliad and the Odyssey (circa 850 BC)
Crete
the largest Greek island in the Mediterranean
agora
a place of assembly for the people in ancient Greece
Philip Of Macedonia
the ruler of Macedoina, he transformed it from a primitive society into an effectively governed, agressive state. One by one he began to absorb the northern Greek poleis, until by the 340s he had made himself the master of much of the mainland
Darius
The great king of Persia. He was able to become a king after a year of a civil war following the death of someone. He is responsible for the expansion of Persia. He made a province in western India and expanded Persia as far north as Macedonia
Epic
a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds
Herodotus
the ancient Greek known as the father of history
Athens
the capital and largest city of Greece
Plato
ancient Athenian philosopher
Archimedes
Greek mathematician and physicist noted for his work in hydrostatics and mechanics and geometry (287-212 BC)
Sparta
an ancient Greek city famous for military prowess
Acropolis
the citadel in ancient Greek towns
demagogues
a bad leader
Euclid
Greek geometer (3rd century BC)
Persia
a theocratic islamic republic in the Middle East in western Asia
Socrates
ancient Athenian philosopher
Alexander the Great
king of Macedon
Marathon
any long and arduous undertaking

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