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Alcibiades
Music: Greek Traditional Dance
In the populist democracy of 5th-century BC Athens, heroes fell as quickly as they rose.

WHILE Nicias was negotiating a delicate truce with Sparta, Alcibiades, a rival in the Athens Assembly, secretly met the Spartan envoys.

He urged them to temper their demands, promising to be their inside man. In the Assembly, however, he double-crossed them, mocking their modest terms, and casting himself as the strong leader Athens craved.

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Adapted from textbooks used in Grammar Schools and Secondary Moderns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Distinguish using sentences: Sale. Sail.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Join. Man. Plan.

Use together in one sentence: Assembly. Sacred. Temper.

More games: Précis. Sevens. Jigsaw. Confusables. Spinner. Opposites. Verb or Noun? Active or Passive? Subject and Object. Adjectives. Word Classes.

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Pericles and the Fickle Public of Athens
Music: Sir Hubert Parry
The leader of 5th-century BC Athens lavished public money on the city and its adoring citizens.

EVER since the reforms of Solon, Athenian politics had been moving towards greater participation for ordinary people.

Some such as Cimon, veteran of Salamis, thought this had gone far enough; but early in the 460s Ephialtes launched an audacious bid to cut Cimon and the Areopagus, the aristocratic council of Athens, down to size.

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Adapted from textbooks used in Grammar Schools and Secondary Moderns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Distinguish using sentences: Brake. Break.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Bid. End. Move.

Use together in one sentence: Career. Who. At one’s hands.

More games: Précis. Jigsaw. Confusables. Spinner. Opposites. Verb or Noun? Active or Passive? Subject and Object. Adjectives. Word Classes.

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