Although there were countless wars in ancient times, the Second Persian War is famous because it was filled with intrigue. In 480 B.C., Xerxes who was bratty, belligerent, and brash selfishly, tried to conquer Athens finishing his father’s failed try at vanquishing the prestigious city. So, Xerxes organized an enormous army. Because Greece needed to defeat Persia, all the city-states including Sparta joined together. Both Greece and Persia fought at a key point called Thermopylae for three days largely due to the efforts of the 300 brave Spartan warriors until a Greek traitor told Xerxes about a secret mountain passage. So the Greeks lost the battle, but it gave the populace of Athens time to flee. Xerxes and his men reached Athens, which had been deserted, so the Persian invaders burnt it. A Greek man pretended to be a traitor and gave Xerxes terrible advice, convincing the king to lure his ships into a trap. After the devastating battle, Xerxes bellowed irately, “Drop dead, you darn Greeks!” This fierce war for Xerxes’ father will forever be remembered in ancient history.
The adroit ancients built numerous stunning buildings, such as the Colosseum in Rome, the Pyramids of Giza, and the great Ishtar Gate of Babylon, which was even adorned with dazzling blue and gold creatures. These primitive people were extremely intelligent and skilled at fashioning amazing structures, like the Sumerian Ziggurats, and the elaborate statues of the Greek gods. Incredibly advanced for their time these historic craftsmen were clever, filling the ancient world with majestic wonders.
Ancient people built amazing and dazzling structures. The populus of Sumer was extremely adept builders. They constructed multi-level temples called ziggurats, which were highly advanced for their time. Revering their pharaohs, the Egyptians created towering pyramids for them. Whereas the Greeks fashioned incredible statues and monuments for their gods, the Romans crafted the Colosseum which could hold 50,000 civilians. Proudly adorned with blue and yellow creatures, the babylonians had the stunning Ishtar Gate. The early world was filled with great wonders.