November 6, 2013
Western Civilization and Greek influence
Greece, specifically Athens, was an impetus in the development of Western civilization. Most importantly, the impact of Greece on Western civilization was culturally due to ingenuous arts and literature, which is now followed pro forma, an avant garde democracy and other empire related revolutions including economics, and by advancements in art and architecture that are seen in modern day. Greece and its location led to these many advancements that would later influence the long chain of events that resulted in modern Western civilization.
The culture of ancient Greece could be declared as a precedent for the Western civilization cultures due to the development of unique literature and advancements in other topics of study, never before seen theatre, and the introduction of philosophy. The production of literature augmented in the days of Greece. Aesop’s Fables and other epics were written, which thus introduced some of the first forms of fiction literature in which gods are said to be dwelling among men and the woes furies of the gods are evident in the epics. Philosophy appeared through great teachers who preached of wisdom and of challenging the trends of the time. Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates are considered to be the fathers of philosophy. Their challenging opinions and reasoning appears in much of the recent history of Western civilization including the protestant reformation and common logos. An example of one of these logos would be: The Science Channel says, “Question Everything.” Greek entertainment is also similar to Western civilization’s entertainment, theatre being one of the most prominent sources of entertainment. Greek theatre was most lively between 550 B.C.E. and 220 B.C.E. Greek theatre included plays that related to the current happenings of the time and also honored gods such as in the festival Dionysia, in which tragedy (late 6th century B.C.E.) and comedy (486...
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