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Digital History of the Culture of Greece

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Perspective


Classical Greek culture had a profound and pervasive influence on ancient Rome, which then perpetuated aspects of it throughout early Western civilization. Classical Greece is the cradle of Western culture and democracy, rooted in Greek beliefs in popular government, jury trial, and legal equality for Greek male citizens (foreign residents, slaves and women did not vote). The ancient Greeks systematized rational and scientific thinking to create the sciences of biology, geometry, history, and physics, and to take philosophy to its greatest heights with Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates. They created lasting literary forms that built on the epic poetry of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and the lyric poetry of Sappho. Herodotus wrote history. Greek playwrights created rich genres of drama, tragedy and comedy. In their idealization of order and proportion, the Greeks perfected a standard of beauty that robustly influenced Western art.


Index

Architecture: ColumnsSources: EgyptMacedoniaThrace | Athletics: Olympic GamesPanathenaic GamesPanhellenic GamesPythian Games | Dance | Drama: Athenian DramaComedyTragedy | Language: GreekWritingAlphabetWriting MaterialsTextsMusicVases: Black-Figure StyleGeometric StyleSculpture: Achermos Of ChiosMaterialsStatuary



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