Lec 14 - The Athenian Empire (cont.)

"Lec 14 - The Athenian Empire (cont.)" Introduction to Ancient Greek History (CLCV 205) In this lecture, Professor Donald Kagan examines the developments that took place after the Greek victory over the Persians in 479 BC. He argues that even after the Greek victories, there was great fear amongst the Greeks that the Persians would return to seek revenge. For this reason, many of the Greek poleis, especially the islands, looked to Athens to lead this league, which later became the Delian League. Athens, according to Professor Kagan, accepted this responsibility, since it too feared a Persian invasion, but Sparta was content to retreat into the Peloponesus. Finally, Professor Kagan intimates that this league would eventually turn into the Athenian empire. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Consequences of Greek Victory over the Persians 21:21 - Chapter 2. The Athenian-Spartan Alliance and Pan-hellenism 29:52 - Chapter 3. Athens as an Independent Player 37:05 - Chapter 4. Resentment in Sparta 46:37 - Chapter 5. Understanding the Formation of the Delian League 01:06:20 - Chapter 6. The Rise of the Athenian Empire Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Fall 2007.

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