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The consequence for the future course of Sparta’s history was decisive, because overnight it was made prosperous 22 Daily Life of the Ancient Greeks and agriculturally self-sufficient. No less crucial was its treatment of the inhabitants of Messenia, whom it reduced to the level of helots or slaves. Sparta henceforth became extremely conservative, wary of both political change and foreign ventures, and incapable of making any decision without considering the consequences for its control over the helots.
Onward, and indeed earlier. 156). , mainland Greece underwent a considerable revival in its fortunes. e. 54 –68) was extremely cultivated in all things Greek and did much to foster an appreciation for Hellenic customs and culture, both among the aristocracy and among the common people. e. 66, he began a tour of Greece, 36 Daily Life of the Ancient Greeks competing in dramatic, lyric, and chariot contests. He claimed to have won 1,808 first prizes. The fact that he did not compete in all the events for which he was awarded first prize failed to deter the Greek judges from acknowledging that he had no equal.
A year later, their army was defeated at Plataiai, just north of Attica. The expedition was abandoned, and the Persians retreated in disarray. “Heroic” though the defeat of the Persians was in terms of the relative size of the two armies, it revealed the endemic disunity of the Greeks: only about 30 to 40 states participated in the resistance, out of a total of more than 700 in the eastern half of the Mediterranean alone. e. on the grounds that the defeat of the Persians ushered in a new era of self-confidence among the Greeks, particularly the Athenians.
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