I am currently reading.
The History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides, isbn: 014044039-9
It paints a civilised and not a romantic image of ancient Greece.
in former times there was an athenian called Cylon , a victor in the Oympic games and belonging to a noble family and a powerful man himself who married a daughter of a dictator of Megara. Cylon went to Delphi to consult the god and ‘he was to seize the Acroplis of Athens during the festival of Zeus’ With troops he seized the Acropolis his intention being to make himself dicator and the Olympic festival was also the festival of Zeus. Since he had won a victory at the Olympic games
Suffice to say it failed and a siege brought Cylon and troops to his knees.
Theres always one moron these Ancient Greeks sound a lot like us – travel, trade, bad leaders.
Anyhow mark your calender on Friday the 15th July – thats when season 2 of Battlestar Galatica fires up again.