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Essay Instructions: Compare the Assyrian and the Persian empires that emerged in the ancient Near East. How were they established? Assess their methods of rule and their success.

Reference Book: A History of World Societies, Eighth Edition, Vol1
By: McKay, Hill, Buckler, Ebrey, Beck, Crowston, & Wiesner-Hanks

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Title: The Arabs invasion of the Persian empire and the introduction of Islam

Total Pages: 9 Words: 2375 Works Cited: 0 Citation Style: MLA Document Type: Research Paper

Essay Instructions: Topic: The Arabs invasion of the Persian empire and the introduction of Islam.

Thesis: The conversion Zorastrians to Islam was it by choice or by force. By researching the Arab invasion of Persia, we can better understand the impact of the Arabs on the development of the Persian culture and religon.

The paper needs to analyze the key issues of the invasion and its religous implications and make an argument that supports the thesis.

The research paper needs to have 12 sources with minimum of 5 sources being from books (No Encyclopedias or text books).

I need copies of sources.

Please email me if you have any questions or need any additional information. Thanks.

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Title: Ancient Greek History The Persian Wars

Total Pages: 5 Words: 1926 Bibliography: 0 Citation Style: APA Document Type: Essay

Essay Instructions: This is a tutorial presentation essay paper on the Persian Wars. The question is: "On what basis did the various Greek cities decide to resist Persia in 480 BC, or not to resist them? What does this tell us about the ancient Greeks?"

I shall fax the recommended sources and abstract on the tutorial. I will also submit the aims and description of the course.

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The Persian Wars.

One of the defining events of Classical Greek civilisation was the fact that in 480-

479BC they had met the Persians and defeated them. Since the Persian army was more

numerous, and apparently better organised, this was taken to show the innate

superiority of the Greeks over the barbarians. The Greeks had shown qualities to

match the Persians, but what exactly were these qualities? In considering this

question, we should try to avoid the fixed ideas of either the ancient Greeks

themselves or our own modern ones.

The idea that the barbarians were innately inferior was widely accepted in the ancient

world. We might call such attitudes racist. We need to identify the strengths and

weaknesses of both sides, and the differences between various peoples who were

fighting on the same side. Modern fixed ideas can also hinder our understanding. The

once widespread criticism of the Greeks for failing to resist the Persians on a national

basis is no longer popular. It is anachronistic to expect the Greeks to have organised

themselves, as we do, as a nation-state. Finally, historians like to select the winners of

history. The question of who did most for the Greek victory in the Persian War has

been contentious from antiquity down to modern times. We need to understand how it

was that the Greeks ended up the victors in a war where rational calculation suggested

they would lose.

On what bases did the various Greek cities decide to resist Persia in 480BC, or

not to resist them? What does this tell us about the ancient Greeks?

Primary sources:

*Herodotus VII 138-180, VIII 2.

Secondary material:

*Burn, A.R., Persia and the Greeks, 1962, #chapter 17.

Fine, J.V.A., The Ancient Greeks: A Critical History, 1983, chapter 8.

*Green, Peter, The Greco-Persian Wars, 1996, esp #Part 3.

Hignett, C., Xerxes? Invasion of Greece, 1963, Part II i.

Price, Simon, Religion of the Ancient Greeks 1999, chapter 4.

Lazenby, J.F., The Defence of Greece: 490-479 B.C., 1991, chapter 7-9.

Murray, Oswyn, Early Greece, 1980, chapter 16.

Olmstead, A.T., History of the Persian Empire, 1948, chapter 18.

Osborne, Robin, Greece in the Making: 1200-479 BC 1996, 325-343.

Pomeroy, S.B. etc., Ancient Greece: A Political, Social and Cultural History, 1999,


Sealey, Raphael, A History of the Greek City States 700-338BC 1976, chapter 8.


Aims and Objectives

? To gain knowledge of life and society in one of the major areas of the Ancient World, Greece,

from the beginnings of Greek civilization in the time of Homer to the Persian Wars

? To study Homeric epic in relation to the nature of the society in which these epics were written;

to examine contemporary material which reveals how ancient peoples made sense of their world

and to see how ancient societies were held together by power, persuasion and other means, or, in

some cases, not held together at all.

? To learn to frame historical questions, to consider the relationship between the past and the

present, to analyse texts, both written and visual, to argue logically, to write lucidly and

generally to participate in the understanding and creation of history; to understand the

importance of Ancient Greece for the subsequent history of the Western world.


This course studies the development of Greek civilisation and the Greek city-state (polis) from the time of

Homer to the Persian Wars. It will be based on primary evidence, mostly written, such as Homer and

Herodotus, but also archaeological and visual images of surviving sites. It will consider various differing

modern interpretations of particular topics. We will examine the society depicted in the work of Homer,

and the aristocrats who dominated it. We go on to consider the development of the city state, including the

growth of trade, the foundation of colonies, tyranny and the rise of the hoplite phalanx. In the second part

of the semester we will examine the origins and development of the unusual, military-based society of

Sparta and its constitution and the roles of the various groups (including women) within that state, followed

by the early stages of the development of Athenian democracy and what we know about Athenian society.

We will conclude with the Greek defeat, led by these two cities, of the more powerful Persian empire, and

how this came about.

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Title: Societies in the Classical Period

Total Pages: 5 Words: 1525 Sources: 0 Citation Style: MLA Document Type: Research Paper

Essay Instructions: Question to write about----- ""Discuss the factors leading to the development, maturation and spread of religions and philosophies in the Classical period. Be sure to discuss change over time and entry of a religion/philosophy into a new area.""

Be sure to have a clear thesis statement, provide plenty of specific examples from the various societies, to support each of the claims (which should be discussed in their own paragraphs).Please do not write about one civilization/ society/ religion/ philosophy, then the next then the next, this needs to be a thoughtful analysis of each of the civilizations in the "Classic Period."

i forgot to relay some information that is needed to complete the essay that ti ordered. The order that i placed was about Societies in the Classical Period- but i forgot the societies that need to be covered. the societies that need to be covered in the essay are the "Classic India society," the "Classic China", the Persian Empire" the "Minoan and Mycenean societies" the "Greeks" the "Hellenistic society" and the "Roman Society: from the beginning of Rome to the 3rd century Crisis." All the societies need to be mentioned and explained in the essay. Sorry to have left all this out.

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