Directions: Using and quoting from the readings in Herodotus in the Portable Gr

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Directions: Using and quoting from the readings in Herodotus in the Portable Greek Historians, and in Thomas Martin’s book, Ancient Greece. ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN ONE OR TWO PARAGRAPHS.
I. Herodotus tells of Demaratus the former Spartan king, and his exchange with Xerxes, the great king of the Persians. a) What does Demaratus reply (2 statements) when Xerxes asks whether the Spartans/Lacedaemonians will make terms with him. (Portable Greek Historians, pp. 101-102).
II. Further, Demaratus makes 2 statements about the way Spartans warriors fight singly or as a group, and 2 statements about the Spartans’ love of their laws and the responsibility it imposes on them. a) List the 2 statements Demaratus makes about the Spartans fighting techniques singly or as a group/body. b) List 2 statements that Demaratus makes to Xerxes about love of their laws and the responsibility it imposes on them. c) What is Xerxes reaction to Demaratus’ statements? (Portable Greek Historians, pg. 103-104).
III. Themistocles, the great Athenian statesman persuades the Athenians to use money discovered in a huge silver deposit for a certain purpose that will be invaluable to Athens later in the Persian War. What does he persuade them to use the produce from the mines for? (Portable Greek Historians, pg. 115).
Extra Credit (20 points): At the Battle of Thermopylae, the Spartans led by Leonidas, held up the Persians for a number of days and inflicted devastating losses on Xerxes’ forces. a) List four statements that Herodotus makes about the Spartan tactics/strategy during the battle. b) What was the statement that Dieneces the Spartan made when told that the Persians would fill the sky with arrows. (Portable Greek Historians, pgs. 144-152)


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