GREECE: Empty Cradle

The first democracy was born in battle. The strong, proud people who in the Fifth Century B.C. routed the armies and navies of Darius and Xerxes at Marathon and Salamis created in the world a new kind of government while their strength and pride in victory were fresh and powerful. Athens of the Golden Age was an imperialism as well as a democracy, the first empire in history administered by a sovereign people. Its fleet ruled the Aegean and word of government by the people spread through the Mediterranean world as far...

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