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Troy: An ancient city in what is now Turkey.

Homer: Greek poet; author of the Iliad and the Odyssey

Solon: An ancient Athenian statesman and lawgiver, one of the Seven Sages (c.630-c.560 BC).

democracy: Rule by the people, especially as a form of government; either directly or through elected representatives (representative democracy).

city-states: a city that is also a seperate independant state.

tyrant: A harsh and cruel ruler.

aristocrats: Members of rich and powerful families

Acropolis: A name of a place that means 'high city.'

epic: An extended narrative poem in elevated or dignified language, celebrating the feats of a deity or demigod (heroic epic) or other legendary or traditional hero.

peninsula: A piece of land projecting into water from a larger land mass.

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