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07 & 08 Ancient Greece

Example, Image from Britannica Encyclopedia on the Battle of Salamis

1. Using the built-in Cite tool I created the APA citation: 

2. I have the citation for my Bibliography. However, I'm not sure when the image was created. I used Google image search,  to find out more information about the image. 

I found out this information about this source. 

Greco-Persian Wars (499-449 B.C.) Battle of Salamis. 480 BC. Illustration by William Spencer Bagdatopoulos (1888-1965). Signed W.S. Bylityilis.

This illustration is a secondary source as it was created in over 2000 years after the battle by an English artist when Queen Victoria reigned. In Victorian England there was great interest in the Classical past and many artworks ( paintings and sculptures) created in VIctorian England capture this history re-imagined in heroic and idealised ways. As the illustration was created in this era it is useful in showing the context, scale and drama of the event, as well as examples of weaponry. However, the reliability of this source can be questioned as it is an artistic representation composed a long time after the event. In fact, a book in our library confirmed that the sails shown in this picture are anachronistic. The sails depicted were not used in 480 BC. 

Use a wide variety of source NOT just WEBSITES

Use a range of magazines, primary sources, books, images and audio to create an informative, interesting, and engaging virtual museum


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Books!! Check out all the books your library has on this topic!

Ideally, your search for sources should involve a range of source types including secondary sources such as books. In this selection of books on display in our library, you'll find information on the Battles of Salamis or Thermopylae. 

As well as books with specific information, such as the page above on the trireme.

Suggested sources

Use WIkimedia Commons for images as it's easy to check information ( author and date) about your source. 

Get some ideas or sources for your Virtual Museum from the British Museum


Looking for a Primary source? what about Herodotus ?

Herodotus wrote "Histories" in the second half of the fifth century B.C., according to the British Library. It is the world's first known historical narrative, which describes several historical events, including the Greo-Persian Wars of 480 BC. 

Here's what he wrote about the Battle of Thermopylae, courtesy of the LatinLibrary (citation below) 

Herodotus.(written between 426 and 415 BCE) Histories, Book 7 paragraphs 198-238. [Online document]. Latin Library.