The Ancient Greeks have influenced American culture through their language, their architecture, and in the theater. Many words in the English language were derived from those of the Ancient Greeks. You can find many examples of Greek architecture in America today, especially in our nations capital. The Ancient Greeks were the first people to start theater and that is still very popular today through stage theater, and through movies. To begin, countless words and phrases found in the English language were obtained from the Ancient Greeks.
To begin with, The Greek "Dark Ages" was a lost time for Greece. It marked an era of cultural discovery, religion, and socio-political institutions. It wasn't until 1200 B.C.E during the Bronze Age after the Dorians, Greek speaking Hellenic people, came from the Northeastern Mountains and caused the obliteration of the Mycenaean civilization that Greece really felt the effects of what was to come. Due to the collapse of the Mycenaean’s, their palaces were demolished, their art, their way of life, and most importantly their system of writing (HistoryWiz, 2008). With a significant drop in population, they lived a pastoral lifestyle in small groups.
Roman culture began to expand around 117 CE and by 285 CE the empire had spread and become the principal government of Rome. The city of Rome was the center, the civilization of Rome was ruled much by Europe and lasted for nearly a thousand years. The birth of the Roman empire continued and brought major stability to the regions of the Mediterranean. The empire also stretched across most of Europe, Armenia, North Africa, and Assyria. Rome ultimately became the place for religious, political and social institutions.
Ancient Greece has had a great impact on the society we live in today. A multitude of things seen every day can be traced back to Ancient Greece. Artistic styles and literature in Ancient Greece are the foundation of artistic styles and literature in Western Societies. Additionally, gods worshiped in Greece represented different traits and personalities which further contributed to the idea of individualism—a core idea in Western Societies such as America today. Political and educational systems in Greece are also similar to Western Societies.
1. Alexander did many risky things that affected Afro-Eurasia and some ended up paying off for him and Afro-Eurasia in the end. Some of the risky things that Alexander did was moving towards and conquering a lot of unknown land. By doing this Afro-Eurasia spread with Alexander’s risky and almost dangerous actions/decisions. 2.
The ancient people truly influenced our world today inventing the calendar we still use today and the idea of a democracy that the U.S.A uses in our daily lives. ( Doc. 1 ) Ancient Athenians used a type of democracy called direct democracy that is very similar to the United States representative democracy. Each citizen would have a say in everyday government. For example, when the people of ancient Greece were deciding the name of the city we now know as Athens, everyone had a vote whether to name the city after the goddess of wisdom, Athena, or the god of water, Poseidon. They obviously chose Athena as the name of the city is Athens.
Ancient Greece was one of the most developed countries in its time. Its many legacies still influence culture in modern society. The Olympic Games is the biggest sporting event and it is every athletes dream to participate in them. They continue to unite countries all over the world in peace for sixteen days of pure love of sports. The legacy of ancient Greek drama still plays a huge role in modern society with many ancient Greek plays still being performed to this day.
If you have never had the opportunity to see the Parthenon in Greece and the Pantheon in Italy, it’s possible that the similarity of the names would lead you to believe that they are the same or, at least, almost identical. While it is true that certain elements of the buildings mirror each other, there are major differences in their structures and functions. The architecture of each reflects the cultural ideals of the times. After the Greeks overcame the Persian invasion, Athens became the head of all of the Greek city-states. During this period, the country enjoyed peace and great prosperity.
The geography of Greece influenced the development of ancient Greek government and politics. When describing ancient Greece, “mountainous land” is the phrase one would use because Greece is made up of many mountains. Because of the mountains, it was difficult to commute from place to place. As a result of that, instead of Greece being ruled by one government, it formed many different poleis, which each had their own government Polis is the Greek word for independent city-states. Greeks had a strong connection with their polis, and they strongly identified with them.
Trade in the Classical Period The Classical Civilizations, created a foundation of cultures, religions, government values, architecture, and additional contributions. The civilizations consisted of Greece, Rome, China, and India, which contributed many aspects of the world today. Without these civilizations, our current ways of life would be much different than they are. One main benefit from them was trading. Each civilization influenced each other in their ways and growth of trade.