Rome and Greece Essay

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Rome and Greece

The two most dominating city-states in Greece of their time, Athens and Sparta, were great
rivals with two very different ways of life. Sparta's overbearing military and Athens'
impartial justice system and government are models for many modern day countries. Even
though these two city-states differ greatly from one another, they share many
characteristics of their country and their time period.

Athens and Sparta were the two most powerful Greek territories of their time. Like most
cities of the same country, they have the same Greek culture, worshipping the same Greek
gods and speaking Greek. Like all Greeks, their people loved to talk and tell stories.
Although they fought against each other, their citizens equally had great amounts of pride
for their entire country as well as their city-states. The two rivals were both devoted
mainly to agriculture and based their wealth, but not their success, on agriculture. Both
also participated in the annual Olympics, an ancient Greek national athletic competition
which is now a worldwide tradition. These to Greek city-states were the most feared
city-states in all of Greece.

Though Athens and Sparta were similar, they were also very different. Athens was the first
democracy, and it was also the first to govern with trial by jury. Athens' main
accomplishment was that it had a very strong Navy. It was the command of the sea and the
head of the Naval Alliance, or the Delian League. Athens was the most feared city-state to
fight at sea. Its other achievements were that is had excellent forms of art,
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