Ancient History 101 : Greece 10 - Legacy.

Legacy

Greece chapter 10

Even though they disappeared over 1,500 years ago, they had a profound impact on society today. They were intensely curious and extremely inventive and creative.

They introduced the world to all kinds of new ideas about art, literature and science.

They believed strongly in the dignity and worth of the individual. Even though they had slaves, they laid the groundwork for democracy and human rights.

First, they impacted Rome. Romans borrowed Greek religious ideas, art, architecture, literature, philosophical concepts, and much more. When Roman civilization died, Europe was left to be a patchwork of tiny, backward kingdoms. Early on, while they were trying to form their own cultural identities, they borrowed many ideas from the Romans. Without knowing it, they also absorbed many ideas from the Greeks.

These ideas worked their way into Western culture. We see their ideas everywhere - banks, government buildings with their rows of columns in front - straight from Classical Greek temple architecture.

When we vote and listen to speeches, we carry on those ideas.

When athletes compete, they carry on many traditions founded in Greek sports.

When we watch actors in the theatre or on television, it’s from Greek theater long ago.

Physicians still swear by the Hippocratic oath.

On and on and on: biology, astronomy, physics, botany, atomic theory, Earth revolving around sun, alphabet, novels, history books, lawsuits, jury trials, civil liberties…

“Future ages will wonder at us, as the present age wonders at us now.”

-Pericles

Footnote

Introduction to Ancient History, from the Paleolithic Era to the fall of Rome, and how the lives, cultures, decisions, and actions of these periods affects our modern lives.

Education for most ages and for all curious people.
Written by Joseph Ivan Long with curiosity, humbleness, and a big grin.