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GREEK CITY-STATES.

Compares Athens and Sparta. Distinct cultural makeup of each. Both cities as military and political rivals. Sparta's ideological and social emphasis on militarism. Athens' focus on a sophisticated, democratic system of governance and trade. Stoic, frugal Spartan social system. Athens as the model democratic city-state of the Hellenistic world with economic and philosophical dominance.
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Greek City-States
Athens & Sparta
Greek city-states were loosely aligned but fairly distinct in terms of cultural makeup. This was true in terms of military, political, economic and social structures. In ancient civilization, “Athens...was the most important Greek city-state” (Athens, 2003, 1). Unlike Sparta, Athens would survive military defeat and create a thriving city-state whose political structures would influence all of Europe. As one historian notes, “Sparta was in many regards the opposite pole of Athens from a cultural perspective” (Culture, 2003, 1). If we make a comparison and contrast of Athens and Sparta, despite their

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