Explain how, in Greece, the Persian and Peloponnesian wars were instrumental in determining power, influence and cultural dominance.
when the greeks had defeated the persians, they ensured that they would not be taken over by a monarchy which they viewed as non-greek. the decisive victories meant that the greek political forms and intellectual concepts would be handed down to later societies. the Aegeans took advantage of the defeat of the persians and formed the Delian League which hoped to liberate Ionia from Persian rule. with the Pelopeonnesian war came fearful plagues, famine, civil wars, widespread destruction, and huge loss of life. the peloponesian war lasted 27 years