Talk:World History Homework Two

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Greek empire

Two questions (no. 1 and no. 5) mention an absolutely fictitious Greek empire (776 B.C. to 323 B.C.). Only one student gives the correct answer to the question When did the Greek empire exist, and what events mark its beginning and its end?

There was no Greek "empire". As a word and political idea derived from the Latin imperium and the geopolitical hegemony of Rome, the concept of empire is both linguistically and geopolitically alien to Greece. There were indeed some larger-scale hegemonia in Ancient Greece, most notably the Delian League (c.477-404 BC) which some scholars, for convenience, refer to as the "Athenian Empire". However it is noteworthy that (1) the use of the word "empire" here is purely for convenience as more people are familiar with "empire" than "hegemonia" or the Delian League, and (2) the League was centred around Athens and the eastern Peloponnese, not the whole of Greece. It is therefore fair to say that there was a Greek civilisation, but never a Greek empire.

There are others who get full marks for an answer which seems to echo a misconception taught in this lecture. Aschlafly, you should rectify this - otherwise it seems that the students got a very wrong idea of the structure of the Greek political entities in this time.

AugustO 15:40, 22 September 2011 (EDT)