Looks at characteristic features of Classical Athens. This is a simple teacher-led explanation using a few PowerPoint clues.
Looks at the causes of the unlikely victory of Athens over Persia and is a separate full outstanding lesson – The Battle of Marathon: a history mystery
Explores interpretations of the Battle of Marathon in depth and has its own PowerPoint and activities
Looks briefly at consequences of the Battle of Marathon- a key aspect of the topic as it ushers in the Golden Age of Athens
As much of the approach to the Ancient Greece topic focuses on Athens it is worth explaining why Athens established this supremacy both within Greece itself and then in conflict with her neighbours, especially Persia. The PowerPoint (see resources section below) steers pupils through the necessary contextual background before launching the main enquiry which is a history mystery. Simply go through the PowerPoint explaining how a second-rate city state managed to end up as the most powerful city. Pupils could start by speculating as to possible reasons before they are introduced to the main five that historians tend to give. It might be helpful for pupils