Agricultural Challenges of Ancient Greece

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Published on February 20, 2014

Author: mcaggia



Presentation that briefly describes the differing ways Athens and Sparta handled the lack of arable farmland. Both led to confrontations

Agricultural Challenges of Greece Athens / Sparta

• Describe the geography of Greece. • How would the geography of Greece impact their culture?

Agriculture • Greece has about 20% arable land • What options do you have for acquiring enough food for your growing population?

Trade! Athens established new colonies in the Aegean and Adriatic Seas Athens trades to get enough food Athens attempts to liberate Greek city-states in Ionia from Persian rule Persian Wars

Attack! Sparta invades and enslaves their neighbors (Messenia) Helots revolt, nearly toppling the Spartan regime Sparta becomes xenophobic

Xenophobia Sparta establishes a strong monarchy Isolationism Sparta attempts to isolate themselves from the rest of the world Distrust of foreigners leads to a lack of trade “Spartan Existence”

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