In this video, John Green compares and contrasts Greek civilization and the Persian Empire. Of course we’re glad that Greek civilization spawned modern western civilization, right? Maybe not. From Socrates and Plato to Darius and Xerxes, John explains two of the great powers of the ancient world, all WITHOUT the use of footage from 300.
The Histories of Herodotus: http://goo.gl/I1TM9u
Plays of Aristophanes: http://goo.gl/xzb9Ff