by Simon Black
For the powerful city-state of Athens in ancient Greece, the year 430 BC was one of the most tumultuous and dramatic in its history.
Prior to 430 BC, Athens had been at the pinnacle of stability and power for decades.
But in the course of that single year, the city was invaded by Sparta at the outbreak of the Peloponnesian War; Athenian officials essentially impeached their leader, Pericles, and put him on trial; and a deadly plague killed off up to 20% of the population.
In short, for ancient Athenians, 430 BC probably felt like 2020 does for us.