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The Story of The Greeks: Chapters 107-115

Since I haven’t done a narration today yet, I will be doing the same thing as last time, reading and narrating consecutively. Today’s narration will be the final chapters of The Story of the Greeks, Chapters 107-115.

I’m almost done with my school term, then I get a break. I’ve been working hard (not just to work hard, to work hard to keep up with school, so we can go snowboarding!) and I am going to be done by the end of next week (I’ll try to be, at least, cause we’re leaving in 7 days).

My workspace for posting on my bed
My workspace for posting on my bed

As usual, on with the narration!

Chapter 107

So… From where I left off from Chapter 106, basically everyone died, and it ended abruptly (perfect stereotypical Greek Story ending).

After Perdiccas dies, Antigonus is his successor, and seeks revenge on Cassander, who murdered Alexander’s family. On his way to take revenge on Cassander, he stops in Syria, and asks the king there what he did with the kingdom’s money. The king flees to Ptolemy, afraid because he spent the money all for himself. Seleucus (ruler of Syria) and Ptolemy team up with Cassander and Lysimachus (Ruler of Thrace) against Antigonus and his son, Demetrius.

After a long time, they make a peace treaty, as both sides were weary of fighting. Part of the treaty was that Cassander would set all the Greek cities free. Cassander doesn’t keep his promise and Demetrius overpowers him in a battle. Demetrius becomes famous and sets the Greek cities free. Soon, Demetrius also conquers Ptolemy, and the people make him King of Syria. Demetrius tries to take Rhodes, but eventually agrees on a treaty.

Chapter 108

Demetrius sets out to overthrow Cassander, but other kings join Cassander and his father Antigonus dies. Demetrius is driven back, and loses. He is angry at the Athenians for opposing him and lays siege to Athens and finally the Athenians give in. At this time, the Gauls came to rob the Temple at Delphi but are hindered by a storm, which they considered a bad omen, and in the darkness, they killed each other.

Chapter 109

The Athenians are afraid of what Demetrius will do to them now that he has them in his power. Demetrius says he will not display his power by killing them, but by being gracious to them. He spares them and has grain and food sent to all the peoples houses. Sadly, Demetrius later got captured by Seleucus, who kept him in prison until he died. At this time, the Gauls came to rob the Temple at Delphi but are hindered by a storm, which they considered a bad omen, and in the darkness, they killed each other.

Chapter 110

The Achaen league consisted of 12 towns, and their leader was a man named Aratus. When Aratus was little, a tyrant killed his father and his family, and knew that he’d be next. He goes to where the last place the tyrant would ever look: the tyrant’s sister. She took care of young Aratus and he survived. Later, Aratus drove the tyrant out of his city. Now Aratus wants to take over Arocorinthus, and is led inside through a secret passage by a traitor (His name was Diocles). He wins the battle, and many others too.

Chapter 111

In Sparta, a lazy king named Leonidas ruled. His fellow king’s son, Agis, is the main character for this story. When Agis’s father died, he decided to restore Sparta to its original glory. He rose up with the people against Leonidas, and he fled, abandoned by all except his daughter, Chilonis, who left her husband Cleombrotus to be with him. Cleombrotus becomes king and Leonidas flees, fearing that the people would kill him. Cleombrotus wants to make everyone equal, but some rich people don’t like this, and bring back Leonidas, who exiles Cleombrotus, and Chilonis goes with him.

Chapter 112

Agis is eventually captured by Leonidas and put to death, and gives his wife’s hand in marriage to his son, Cleomenes. Agis’s wife, Agiatis, influences Cleomenes to rule like Agis, and he turns out to be a good king. Aratus, seeing this, is afraid of Sparta’s growing power, and tries to stop Cleomenes from returning Sparta to its former glory, but Aratus is defeated. Cleomenes now conquers more cities and towns from the Achean League. Aratus goes to Antigonus Doson, ruler of Macedon for help and they begin to attack.

Chapter 113

The Spartans are defeated and fall into the enemy’s hands. Antigonus is so happy at this victory, he dies (There is such a thing as too happy).

Cleomenes is driven into Egypt, and, instead of becoming a slave, kills his children and himself. Aratus realizes that Greece will never be free. The AEtolians battle the Achaens and defeat them. The Achaens ask the Macedonians for help and they help, only for the king to poison Aratus. The Spartans and the AEtolians are now battling the Macedonians and the Achaens. The Spartans and AEtolians go ask the Romans for help, and win.

Now the Spartans have an even worse leader named Nabis. He used a statue to take money from anyone he wished by asking a rich person to donate their money to the statue, and if they refused, the statue grabbed the man and pulled him closer to the statue, where there was hidden knives and sharp points, so if the rich man did not consent to give Nabis the money, he would be tortured to death.

Chapter 114

Now there comes a new character, Philopoemen, who was a very good (Greek) man. He wanted to destroy the Spartans and did just that. Now Rome captured him and tortured him to death and his last words were, “I die happy, since the Achaens are safe”. He is called the Last of the Greeks, because he was the last to try and maintain Greece’s independence. Soon the Achaens took revenge and killed his enemies.

Chapter 115: The Last Chapter

The Greeks had a tradition of the celebration of the Isthmian Games, held in honor of Poseidon. The Romans also liked to witness these games now that there was peace between them. One day the Romans announced that Greece was now free, but only for a while, as the Romans captured Greece finally, and Greece became part of Rome.

 

THE END (It’s just like this story to end on a bad note, right?)

The Story of the Greeks: Chapters 97-100

I haven’t been posting about this book because most of the stories are the usual stereotypical ones you might associate with Greek Mythology (ex. Perseus, Theseus and the Minotaur, Jason and the Argonauts, Daedalus and the Labyrinth, etc).

Warning: The parts in between these chapters has funny lines. If you cannot handle the amazingness of this narration, I suggest reading it anyway. 😉 If you do not know what the stories I mention above are, I suggest using Wikipedia.

This story is about Alexander the Great and Darius. I am switching between reading and posting the chapter I just read, so here I go.

Chapter 97

Alexander and Darius fight, Darius loses and is forced to flee. Alexander captures his mother, his wife, and other various assorted relatives. The Persian ladies begged for mercy and Alexander treats them kindly and asks them if, instead of sitting around all day, they would like to be taught to weave, like Greek ladies do. Sisygambis, Darius’s wife, asks if he wanted to make slaves of them. Persian ladies don’t like any type of work, considering it a disgrace (in other words, they are lazy).

(Now reading Chapter XCVIII, or 98)
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Chapter 98

Before going after Darius, Alexander decides to conquer some other cities, such as Damascus and Sidon. When he came to Tyre, the Tyrians refused to give in and Alexander laid siege to the city. When he finally conquered them, he crucified some of the richest people in Tyre. Next up on his list for conquering a lot of places: Jerusalem.

When the Jews heard of this, they were afraid that he would totally decimate, conquer, utterly destroy and blow them up (not that last one, Trinitrotoluene (TNT) hadn’t been invented yet (Fun Fact: TNT was originally used as a dye in 1863))

Jaddua, a priest, prayed to God and had a vision saying for the Jews to make a procession, in all their fine clothes. When Alexander saw this, he bowed down to Jaddua, saying that he had a vision that a man named Jaddua would lead him through Jerusalem safely.

You should take this time to make yourself a sandwich while I read the next chapter. Although, this will be published with all the chapters at once, so you can read them all at once, so you don’t need to take all that time to make a sandwich (which reminds me, I’m hungry, but you didn’t need to know that, but I wanted to say it, so you now know that I was hungry at 12:25 PM Mountain Time, Feb. 25th, 2014)

Chapter 99

Alexander continues on, and conquers Egypt, and near the Nile, he founded a new city, and humbly named it Alexandria, after himself. He decides to go see a temple dedicated to Jupiter, but the only way to it is to cross the treacherous, foreboding, ominous and dangerous desert. He decides to go. Many of their animals die, but for a noble cause (for Alexander to look at a temple). They make it in the end, and continue the chase after Darius and the Persians.

They have a battle, which ends in Darius bravely running away cowardly.

I think, since this is getting long, I’ll split this narration into 2 parts, so the next part will be Chapters 101-106.

Chapter C (or 100, for those of you who don’t know Roman Numerals)

Alexander goes to Babylon, and stays there for a month. He then continues the chase after Darius. While this was going on, the Persian Queen’s mother died. Alexander now becomes very vain, and forgets everything that Aristotle taught him. After pursuing Darius for a long time, a traitorous, murdering, evil follower of Darius kills him. Thinking that Alexander would show him kindness for killing his enemy, he goes to him and boasts of what he did. Alexander decides to kill him. The End

Now I am going to take a lunch break before continuing into the next post