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Greek History: The Dark Ages - Over sixty percent of the English words have originated from the Greek language. Many of these words came into the English language through the poetry and theater plays done in ancient Greece. The Greek plays have been shaped by historical events and their tragic past and put into one story. The ancient Greek theater demonstrated historical events and poems in the form of plays like in The Cyclops and performed them for the audience’s entertainment and awareness. Greek history has shown many tragic events over the course of time....   [tags: greek language, mycenaeans] 1208 words
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The Role of Fate in Greek History - The Greek believed strongly in knowing yourself, retributive justice and being able to see things as a whole. They also arranged their social life to provide them with a maximum degree of freedom; freedom form political and religious domination. Despite their strong beliefs in freedom , they always had the belief on fate and usually consult the gods regarding their fate, so that they may live according to their fate. Fate is the inevitable force that controlled the lives of human. Before the birth of Oedipus, he was destined to "kill his father and mate with his mother"....   [tags: world history] 731 words
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Greek History - Greek History The Ancient Greek civilization was located on the same land Greece is now, Ionian Islands, Asia Minor, South Italy, and Sicily. It is surrounded mountains and in the north by water. The Ionian and the Aegean seas, together with natural islands and bays, gave the Greeks the opportunity to develop their high level of commerce and their rich culture. The mountains, which surrounded Greece, gave them the advantage of being well protected. From earlier times, the Geeks lived in independent settlements, and they were isolated from one another....   [tags: Greece History Culture Cultural Essays] 1574 words
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How the Geography of Greece Influenced Greek History - ... When the Greeks inhabited the Aegean Islands they did not use it for agricultural purposes because of the lack of fertile land, however it still was an advantage to Greece as a cultural cross road where different people and their cultures could join without one culture dominating another (Penn). The Greeks would use the water and the ability to sail as an advantage by “sailing out into the Aegean and Mediterranean Sea to make contact with the outside world”(Duiker and Spielvogel 96). An example of contact with the outside world would be on the island of Crete inhabited by the Minoans....   [tags: mountain ranges, isolation, Mediterranean sea] 745 words
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The Greek Economy - The Greek economy was a result of the combination of slaves, citizens and Metics. The Metic, however, was the driving and most important force behind the Greek economy. The slave was used only when seen fit. The citizen saw work as below the dignity of a free man. He left to others the labors that he was unwilling to perform himself. Firstly, it must be noted that any prejudice against manual labor among the Greeks was of comparatively late origin. Certainly, in the Homeric age, to labor with one’s hands was no disgrace....   [tags: Greek History, Persian War, Marathon Men] 2981 words
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Story telling through Greek Art - Story telling through Greek Art Greek art was seen as more than a means to decorate with its more popular use was that of storytelling and recording historical events. Greek art dates from the seventh to the second century. The eras included in historical Greek art are: Geometric, Archaic, Classical, and the Hellenistic (Sowerby150). All of the eras are similar in that they build on the previous era and lead to more detailed and dramatic artwork. The use of human actions as subjects gained intensity with each new era....   [tags: Greek History] 738 words
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Greek History - Greek History Works Cited Missing Relatively little is known about the nature of life in Greece during the Neolithic and Early Helladic periods. Since there are no written records from these periods in Greek history, it is only possible to learn about the cultures that existed during this time by studying the remains of their settlements. The sites of Sesklo, Dimini, and Lerna are all good examples of the types of settlements that existed on mainland Greece from the Middle Neolithic period to the Early Helladic....   [tags: Greece Historic Historical Essays]
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Greek History - Greek History "In this book, the result of my inquiries into history, I hope to…preserve the memory of the past by putting on record the astonishing achievements both of our own and of the Asiatic peoples…." With this "mission statement" Herodotus introduces his Histories, the first recorded history text in the western world. Using fragments of the past he reconstructs a picture of the whole; the objects of his researches included first-hand accounts and tales passed down through generations, physical remains and artifacts, and his own intelligence and creativity....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Impact of Greek Culture on the Romans - ... Romans and the Greeks share many of the same Gods and Goddesses, or similar ones with different names. As the Romans encountered Greek religion, they began to adopt their religious beliefs. The Romans took several Greek Gods and made them part of the Roman religion such as, “Diana (Artemis), Mercury (Hermes), Neptune (Poseidon), Venus (Aphrodite), and Vulcan (Hephaestus) (Roman Gods). The names were changed, but the original purpose of the God remained similar. The Greek and Roman gods and goddesses became intertwined as Rome began to assimilate the religious beliefs of the Greeks into their culture (Roman Gods)....   [tags: ancient history, lucretius, greek religion] 783 words
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Ancient Greek Drama: A Comparison of the Euripides and Sophocles - Theater was an important part of Ancient Greek Civilization. History of Greek theatre began with religious festivals which aim to honor Dionysus, a god. During the festivals some citizens sing songs and perform improvisation plays and other participants of festivals judges this performances to decide which one of them was the best. These plays form the foundation of the Greek Theatre. Because of the competition between performers to create best performances, plays gained an aesthetic perspective and became a form of art....   [tags: history of Greek theater]
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How People Helped to Shape the History of Ancient Greece - Many problems had occurred in Ancient Greece. There were also many great minds that were able to overcome these problems and rise above the struggles. The people in Greece were not responding to the historical forces that may have been upon them, and out of their control. Rather, they were the people who had ideas and acted upon them. Therefore, changing history into what we know it as today. In 570 BCE, Cleisthenes set up the first democratic government in Athens. In 483 BCE, the people of Athens had found silver in the Laurion Mines....   [tags: greek history] 658 words
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Jealousy in Ancient Greek Society - Jealousy in Ancient Greek Society Jealousy is one of the harsher and more passionate faces of Love in Ancient Greek Society. Societal norms for love and relationships dictate that older men are the lovers who pursue women and young boys. Love infects the pursuer and causes him to have intense feelings about the object of his desire, but not always vice versa. Consequently jealousy is seen more as the active partner’s disease and is commonly associated as a male emotion. Women also experience jealousy but they are not supposed to be the pursuers in relationships according to societal norms....   [tags: Greek History Studies] 1890 words
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Ancient Greek Medicine - Ancient Greek Medicine While Greek Medicine particularly from the 5th century B.C onwards, increasingly used scientific method to develop cures, there still however remained people that considered medicine to be a religion. The ancient Greeks (Hellenic) made important discoveries about the human body and health, so by the sixth century BC, medicinal practices focused largely on a more clinical approach involving observation. Their discoveries were made by firstly studying the human anatomy using dissection and vivisection, finding ways to heal using things such as plants and herbs, then finally practising surgery on the human body using different instruments....   [tags: Greek History] 1520 words
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Speech on The Underworld in Greek Mythology - Speech on The Underworld in Greek Mythology The Underworld, better known as Hades after the god who ruled it, was a dark and dreary place where the shades, or souls, of those who died lived. In the next few minutes, I will tell you about how one came to die, the topography of the Underworld, and the beings whom dwelled there. Your whole life was planned and plotted by the Fates. The Fates were the three goddesses who controlled the destiny of everyone from the time they were born to the time they died....   [tags: Ancient Greece Greek History] 984 words
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How the Greek Revered Their Gods - How the Greek revered their gods In ancient times, the Greeks had absolute and undeniable respect for their gods. They demonstrated their admiration by putting in place many rituals and celebrations to reverence the gods that they loved and feared in order to ensure harmony with them. In particular, the focus will be on the religious beliefs of the Greeks, including prayer and sacrifice, as well as on festivals and the arts, such as the ancient Olympic games and theatre. These aspects of their culture made a significant contribution to their quality of life....   [tags: Ancient Greece Greek History] 3757 words
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Greek Pride in the Individual - Greek Pride in the Individual The culture of ancient Greece reflects the importance of the individual in society in many different ways. The Greeks used art, philosophy, and even their system of government to convey their beliefs in the importance of one single man in a society. Greek artists showed value for the individual. All people were portrayed in Greek art, from the sagging old woman to the ideal athlete. Although early Greek art focused on the human ideal, their later art shows that the Greeks appreciated all forms, and found the human body in general to be a beautiful thing....   [tags: Ancient Greece Greek History] 771 words
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Swim in History and in Greek Epic Poems - ... The entire leg movement should be like a frog kick. For this leg motion, it’s recommended to practice it. The arm stroke begins with the arms above the swimmer’s head. Then pull on the water and move the arms in the direction of the chest. While executing these actions, the hands should be cupped. When finished, proceed to carry the arms back to the first placement and repeat the steps listed above. Now for the body positioning, the swimmer must start and end in a horizontal, streamline position because resistance occurs with lots of up and down motions....   [tags: the illiad, the odyssey, olympics]
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Evolution of Opera: Greek Drama to Baroque Opera - Donald Grout defines opera in his text, A Short History of Opera, as “a drama in music: a dramatic action, exhibited on stage with scenery by actors in costume, the words conveyed entirely or for the most part by singing, and the whole sustained and amplified by orchestral music” (4). A literal translation of the word opera is simply work, and although the term opera was not coined until 1634, one of the first known operas was performed in 1597 (Grout 1). Grout explains that there are two types of opera....   [tags: A Short History of Opera, Greek Drama]
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The History of Greek Architecture - The History of Greek Architecture The architecture of ancient Greece is represented by buildings in the sanctuaries and cities of mainland Greece, the Aegean islands, southern Italy and Sicily, and the Ionian coast of Turkey. Monumental Greek architecture began in the archaic period, flourished through the classical and Hellenistic periods, and saw the first of many revivals during the Roman Empire. The roots of Greek architecture lie in the tradition of local Bronze Age house and palaces....   [tags: Arts] 1034 words
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The History of Greek Theater - The History of Greek Theater Theater and drama in Ancient Greece took form in about 5th century BCE, with the Sopocles, the great writer of tragedy. In his plays and those of the same genre, heroes and the ideals of life were depicted and glorified. It was believed that man should live for honor and fame, his action was courageous and glorious and his life would climax in a great and noble death. Originally, the hero’s recognition was created by selfish behaviors and little thought of service to others....   [tags: Art]
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A Brief History of Ancient Greek Architecture - Greek Architecture is one of the earliest styles of architecture. It is also one of the leading forerunners for some of the modern architecture we see today. Although there are very few of the Greek’s masterpieces left to view to this day they are still masterpieces to behold. Architectural styles are used for decoration and structure. Greek Architecture isn’t just for the glamour and decoration, but also for the creative method and styles in which a building was built Greek architecture originated in Crete formed by the Dorians hence the Doric columns....   [tags: early architectural styles]
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Alexander The Great - What is a hero. Alexander is a great example for a hero. Alexander was a great ruler throughout the history. He had the largest empire in the world, and was a successful ruler. Despite Alexander the Great slaughtered lots of people while he conquered other countries, Alexander the Great is a hero because he unified a big piece of land and helped the Greeks to conquer Persia(took revenge) while successfully spreading the Greek culture to other people. First, Alexander is a hero because he unified a great piece of land....   [tags: Greek History] 595 words
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The Peloponnesian War - Throughout the Ancient Greek world, there have been many wars and standoffs. However, there has been only one which changed the course of Greek history forever; the Peloponnesian War. Caused by the growing tension between Athens and Sparta, it came and left, leaving only destruction in its wake. The defeat of Athens in the Peloponnesian War caused the downfall of Greece, and the end of the Classical Age. The roots of the Peloponnesian war can be traced long before 431 BCE, when it officially started....   [tags: Greek History]
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The History and Culture behind Greek Cuisine - ... In the Greek cuisine many concoctions such as breads, salads, dressings, and sauces are flavored with herbs, greens, and spices. The herbs and spices used in this cuisine are oregano, mint, dill, basil, cinnamon, cumin, and coriander. Most flavors work along with olive oil. Other flavors that are used are citrus flavors like lemon which is used a lot with seafood dishes. Most often you will find fresh herbs being used instead of dried herbs in the Greek cuisine. Since the Greek cuisine is more so savory then spicy, you will not find chervil, chili peppers, paprika, saffron, and tarragon used a lot....   [tags: international food ]
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Greek Culture and History: A Comparison of Sparta and Athens - The age of Greece was a wonderful time for immense accomplishments and discoveries in science, literature, art, language, philosophy, and many other fields of knowledge. Even the alphabet that we use today is derived from the ancient Greek alphabet that was developed from the Phoenicians, who emerged in history around 1150 BC. The Greek culture was developed through periods of time such as Minoan, Mycenaean, Archaic, Hellenic, and Hellenistic ages. "By the beginning of the Archaic Age, the Greeks emerged from their long years of stagnation and moved into an era of political innovation and cultural experimentation."(Matthews and Platt 38) Really, the isolated farming community had developed i...   [tags: Ancient Greece, compare and contrast] 864 words
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greek and roman art history - Greek Empire (600 B.C 1 A.D) Doric Order- entasis- swelling of the columns -always used for largest temples -alternating triglyphs and metopes Ionic Order – scrolls -shafts are thinner - no triglyphs in frieze Corinthian Order –large temples -no triglyphs, just metopes. Archaic Period – 600-500 B.C - stiff and rigid pose - focused on anatomy - archaic smile - Kouros, Kore – male and female archaic sculptures. Classical Period - depict distinct motion (Apollo belvedere) 350 B.C roman copy - idealism, focusing on strength of Greece as a whole....   [tags: essays research papers] 501 words
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Analysis of the Battle of Leuctra - The Battle of Leuctra, one of the most influential and significant battles in ancient Greek history, occurred during the summer of 371 BC. This battle not only influenced Greece for many years to come but also eastern European history in the fourth century BC. Prior to Leuctra, the city-state of Sparta was the most dominant and powerful force in the Peloponnese and the rest of Greece. However, as a result of the conflict, the course of history would change forever. Sparta’s defeat at the Battle of Leuctra ended its power in Greece because as a result of the loss, its military, political, and social dominance was shattered forever and was never recovered for the rest of its history leading to...   [tags: ancient Greek history]
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The Admonitions of King Oedipus - The Admonitions of King Oedipus And straightway music and singing beguile the immortals. All the Muses together, voice answering heavenly voice, Hymn the undying gifts of the gods and the sufferings of men, Who, enduring so much at the hands of the gods everlasting, Live heedless and helpless, unable to find for themselves Either a cure for death or a bulwark against old age....   [tags: Greek history and mythology]
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The Tears of Troy - The Tears of Troy Countless defining moments of Greece’s chiliad could be dated back to the hostile rivalry between the two superior cities at that time, Troy and Greece. Ranging from the legendary Trojan War to the battle of imperial dominance, the abhorrent ambience between Troy and Greece have created many of the most storied myths and novels of all time. However, there is one myth that is not as recognized as the others, but has shaped the rivalry to a greater depth and is the origin behind dew, the myth of the Tears of Troy....   [tags: Greek History] 638 words
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Corinthians vs. Spartans - It is difficult to address the reasons for an empire to attack a growing threat. However, the increasing differences between powers facilitate the use of a new strategy to deal with growing diversity and subsequent threats. The Corinthian speech to the Spartans reveals the reasons for an empire to preemptively attack. Initially, the Corinthians demonstrate Sparta’s failure to uphold peace. The Corinthians proceed to depict the consequences of Spartan inactivity. In conclusion, the Corinthians employ the differences between Spartans and Athens to justify an empire’s reason to attack a potential antagonist....   [tags: Greek History] 1363 words
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The Necessity of Roles in Ancient Athens - The Necessity of Roles in Ancient Athens The dramatic growth of ancient Athens from a powerful polis to an Aegean Empire was a result of the hierarchy in ancient Athens. The roles of the people played a big part in this advancement. Therefore, the roles in ancient Athens were very structured and rigid. The male citizens worked very hard politically, while they left the women with the task of bearing children, and the slaves with the backbreaking physical work that allowed the city to function. In ancient Athens, men held all the important positions in society and ran the government....   [tags: Ancient Greece, Greek History] 1027 words
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Origins of the Pelopponesian War - ... With the gathered support, Potidaea revolted against Athens. This in turn caused Athens to attack Macedonia. Meanwhile, Corinth entered an alliance with Chalciddice and Bottiaea and assembled an army of two thousand men to defend Potidaea. Their forces were defeated by Athens who then continued to siege Potidaea, an event that would continue for over two years leading to the loss of many lives and creating a great financial burden for Athens. Although the siege of Potidaea played a large part in the outbreak of war it was perhaps Athens decrees against Megara that made war inevitable....   [tags: ancient Greek history]
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Classical Ancient Greece - The expanse of time that the term “Ancient Greece” defines is all the way from around 7,250 BCE when the first evidence of burial sites were discovered in Argolid, Greece, during the Mesolithic Period, to around the year 30 BCE when Cleopatra died in Alexandra, Egypt (1). That is the better part of 7,200 years. Trying to fit all of that information into five to seven pages would be nearly impossible. That is why I will be focusing on the Classical Era of Greece which spans from about 500 BCE to around 320 BCE....   [tags: classical era, olympia, greek history]
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The First Olympics - This year, the Sochi Olympic Winter Games will be an event full of exciting sports and breathtaking stunts. But have you ever thought about what the first Olympics were like in ancient Greek history. With the fans, not crowded around a television screen, but all seated and watching firsthand the events about to unfold. Just think about that, observing some of the strongest men in the world throw weights and men to the ground, chariots crashing together in an effort to place first. Now keep those images in your mind as I lead you through a day in the Olympics....   [tags: sochi olympic winter, greek history]
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The Parthenon - The Parthenon There are some historians that believe before the Parthenon began, Athens concluded a peace treaty with Persia in 449 BC. The Athenian Empire was at the height of its power when the work on the Parthenon began in 447 BC and continued until 432 BC. The Delian League/Athenian Empire continued to exist even after the reason for its existence ceased to be valid. It is now openly acknowledged that Athens was not just the head of the Greek defense league but an imperial master over other Greek states....   [tags: Greek History]
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Women’s Roles in the Ancient Greece - All throughout Greek history you hear all about the men of the Olympics. However, you don’t hear much about the women of the time. The sources that survived over the years were even written by men for men. Women on the other hand really weren’t apart of the story. The surviving structures such as temples, buildings and battlegrounds all speak of a man’s world. Surviving works of art feature women in various guises, but rarely give an insight into any other kind of world. The place of women in ancient Greece is summed up most acutely in the book Images of Women in Antiquity by saying “the greatest glory of a woman is to be least talked about by men, whether in praise or blame” (Cameron and Ku...   [tags: Greek History, Men of the Olympics, Gender Roles]
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Achilles and Ajax Playing Dice by Exekias - History Research Paper Greek art is considered as a turning point for the development of all aspects of cultural art history, such as architecture, sculpture, pottery and painting. The ancient Greek civilization was famous for its mythical and aesthetic principle in the art culture. Renowned for the pottery, Greek had developed its unique painting technique called the black-figured. “Achilles and Ajax playing Dice” by Exekias is the most significant black-figure amphora for its iconography and that represents the ideal art principle and history of the ancient Greece....   [tags: cultural art history, greek]
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Alcibiades' Revenge - A result of the division of forces was the Peloponnesian's establishing a permanent garrison at Decelea in northern Attica. This was approximately fifteen miles from Athens itself. This forced the Athenians to give up the surrounding land and permanently live in the city. Thousands of slaves deserted to the Peloponnesians and industry and commerce shrank (Botsford and Robinson 218). This had a tremendous impact on Athens' economy and ability to finance the war. With enemies at its back, Athens was unable to mass its forces in Sicily to conquer Syracuse....   [tags: Greek History] 2191 words
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The Power of Gods - The key to a successful Greek society is a balance between faith in the gods and faith in common sense. The Greek gods were simultaneously both responsible for the downfall and success of many Greek city-states. While providing immense support for daily and political life, the gods were often a huge hindrance in foreign affairs, especially in regards to war. In Greek life, the gods were the glue of the society, suppressing the selfish personalities common to Greece and pushing the society to work together as a cohesive unit....   [tags: greek societies, thucydides' history]
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Exploring Homer's Iliad as a Source of Information about the Ancient City of Troy - Homer was the ancient Greek poet said to have lived between around the 8th and 9th century B.C. Some believe that he was born on the island of Chios and others say he was in Ionia. He was said to be a court singer and a storyteller. He is famous for the writings of the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. While there is controversy weather or not Homer alone wrote these pieces or many other people wrote it over a period of time and even if Homer was an actual person. Homer also wrote Homeric Hymns which are short poems celebrating various Gods....   [tags: Ancient Greece, Greek History, Trojan war] 1148 words
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Qualitative Method - Qualitative methods can be traced back to the ancient Greek historians. Herodotus, who is often called the father of history, traveled widely in the ancient world and recounted in his Histories the stories he had heard from the people he met. His successors down the ages recorded their observations of people that they encountered in their travels. These kinds of observations eventually became formalized in the discipline of anthropology. In clinical research, qualitative methods were first used in case histories, for instance, Breuer and Freud’s (1895/1955) first cases, which began the psychoanalytic tradition, and Watson and Rayner’s (1920) study of ‘‘Little Albert,’’ which helped establish...   [tags: History, Greek] 1663 words
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Sophocles' Oedipus the King - Fate is the power that controls all of mankind. There is no way to escape the events that are predetermined for man; there is no such thing as free will. Every decision one makes is not their own choosing, but rather an inescapable course of actions foreseen and determined by a higher power. Sometimes prophets or oracles can show the Destiny of others, such as the oracle of Delphi who speaks the words of Apollo the God of Light and Sun. This exact oracle revealed the prophecy of a man by the name of Oedipus, he is smart, he is heroic, but more than any trait he is cursed....   [tags: Greek literature and history]
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The theatrical works of 5C Athens represent a very significant advance on Homer's Iliad - The theatrical works of 5C Athens represent a very significant advance on Homer's Iliad It is difficult to compare the works of Aristophanes and Homer, and make a decision as to whether or not Aristophanes' plays are more advanced than Homer's writing, as they serve a different purpose and are told conpletely differently. Aristophanes's stories are meant to be performed in the form of a play. Homer's Iliad is an epic, and through his language the reader can only picture the scene. They cannot be compared as such, but we may pass judgment on whether the works of Aristophanes has advanced in quality, in relation to Homer's Iliad....   [tags: Ancient Greece Greek History] 1148 words
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Culture and Technology in Athens and Sparta - Culture and Technology in Athens and Sparta The culture of a society, as determined by its political, social and religious structure, is a major factor in the development of its technology. Even societies that exist in the same time and environment can progress in different directions, depending on the interests and goals of the public. The ancient city-states or poleis (polis-sing.) of Athens and Sparta provide an excellent example of how cultural differences influence the development of technologies....   [tags: Ancient Greece Greek History]
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Significance of Pericles' Death - Significance of Pericles' Death The death of Pericles was a significant event in the course of the Peloponnesian War; however, even without Pericles' leadership the Athenian Assembly had countless opportunities to prevent their loss and chose not to take them. The fickleness and inefficiency of democracy ('the mob') allowed the Athenians to be easily influenced and therefore electing populists such as Cleon, Lysicles and Hyperbolus into dominant leadership roles. Election, via democratic means, of such populists, meant that the Athenians would take a much more aggressive approach to the war and therefore abandon the policies that Pericles had previously established....   [tags: Ancient Greece Greek History] 1280 words
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Alexander the Great Arriving in Persepolis - Alexander the Great Arriving in Persepolis I am Alexander the Great, King of Macedonia ruler of Greece. I have been king of Macedonia since my father's assassination five years ago. Since his death I have conquered much of the world. I am ruthless, and should anyone attempt to defeat me in battle, they are sure to die. The year I became ruler of Macedonia I set out to the city of Thessaly to restore Macedonia rule. After Thessaly submitted to me I conquered many states, and many other states freely submitted without battles....   [tags: Ancient Greece Greek History] 633 words
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Virtue Ethics - Virtue, when I hear that word I think of value and morality and only good people can be virtuous. When I hear the word ethics I think of good versus evil, wrong and right. Now when the two are put together you get virtue ethics. You may wonder what can virtue ethics possibly mean. It’s just two words put together to form some type of fancy theory. Well this paper will discuss virtue ethics and the philosophy behind it. Virtue ethics is a theory that focuses on character development and what virtues one should obtain to be who they are supposed to be, as oppose to actions....   [tags: Aristotle, phylosophy, Greek history]
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There is No Perfect Government, No Utopia - From the early stages of civilization men created a form of government to help bring order to society. One of the greatest philosophers Thomas Hobbes believed that men left in their natural state is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short; however, for men to obtain peace they must renounce their freedom to a form of government to gain freedom. (Hobbes, 1865 ) The government has shaped many civilizations, and brought many changes to each new civilization. Throughout history one can observe many forms of government, some government systems brought peace and prosperity to the states while others brought destruction, war, and famine which can be seen in Ancient Greek and Rome...   [tags: history, ancient greek]
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Aristotelian Rhetoric: Progression of Sophists' Nascent Teachings - Scholars and historians of rhetoric consider the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, one of the great contributors to our present understanding of this art which, since its early origins and until present, has been a controversial field of study because of its association with persuasion and influence. However, readings of the many ancient and contemporary texts and analyses of the origins and the developments of this ancient art marginalized the role of the Sophists, who were the first to introduce rhetoric to Greece, and usually associated them with the bad reputation rhetoric has acquired over the years....   [tags: History, Greek Philosophers] 2554 words
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The World of Musical Theatre - ... By the 1700’s, the Ballad Opera, which uses popular songs from the period and re-wrote the lyrics, and the comic operas were very popular. Operetta and Light Opera (which influenced Musical Theatre) become more popular around the second half of the 19th century. The popular duo of the time, W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, produced several operettas such as H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, and The Pirates of Penzance. Gilbert and Sullivan paved the way for future composers of Musical Theatre such as Victor Herbert, George Gershwin, and Noel Coward at the turn of the 20th century....   [tags: history, greek chorus, romans] 823 words
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Thoughts of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle - Thoughts of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle Three Athenian philosophers flourish in Greece from 470 B. C. until 320 B. C. These philosophers were famous for their "schools of thought." The first of these is Socrates who lived from 469 until 399 B. C. He did not leave any writings behind; therefore, we know about his ways of thinking from those of whom he taught. His famous method of instruction called the Socratic method is still used today. In this method, the teacher allows students to use their own deductive reasoning to see things for themselves through a series of questions and answers....   [tags: Ancient Greece Greek History] 347 words
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Hippocrates’ Role in the Shift From Irrational to Rational Medicine in Ancient Greece - Although populations in ancient societies suffered attacks, invasions, starvation, and persecution, there was a more efficient killer that exterminated countless people. The most dreaded killers in the ancient world were disease, infections and epidemics. In many major wars the main peril was not gunfire, nor assault, but the easily communicable diseases that rapidly wiped out whole divisions of closely quartered soldiers. Until the time of Hippocrates, in the struggle between life and death, it was, more often than not, death that prevailed when a malady was involved....   [tags: History of Medicine, Hippocrates, Greek Medicine]
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The Boxer of Quirinal - Introduction Almost always, when we look at Greek sculptures, they are copies of Roman originals. These copies have are made of marble unlike the originals that had been sculpted out of bronze. Very rare is it that original Greek sculptures are found. One such original was the ‘Boxer of Quirinal’, sometimes simply termed as ‘The Boxer’. This sculpture dates back to the Greek Hellenistic period (300’s B.C). Hellenistic refers to the period just after the rule of Alexander the Great and typically it is considered as the last phase of ancient Greek art....   [tags: art history, ancient Greek sculptures] 1811 words
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Collective Security - One of the most confusing and internationally argued topics that gathers so much debate from professors to journalist, journalist, to politicians, and politicians to generals, is known as collective security. The idea of collective security has been around for centuries dating back to the time of the Greeks, however the credit for creating the idea of modern collective security belongs to Woodrow Wilson who coined the theory a couple of years before the beginning of World War I. The theory basically forms the concept that each nations security no longer depends on it having to defend itself against attacks but rather use the joint security of other nations to deter any signs of aggression th...   [tags: History, Greek] 893 words
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First Beings - In Hesiod’s Theogony, the story of “First Beings” (Theog. 116-138) told by Hesiod himself provided a fundamental to understanding of the Greek conception of the early history of the universe. Hesiod illustrated that the creation of the universe and all life started with the four primal beings, Chaos, Gaia, Tartarus, and Eros. Throughout the passage, several lines provided an explanation on how the universe was first created, and how life first started. The passage chosen illustrates the importance of the four primal beings, and each playing a significant role of the creation of life....   [tags: Hesiod’s theogony, Greek mithology, history]
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Destiny in the Aeneid - Destiny in The Aeneid      Fate, in the Ancient Greek and Roman world, was one of the great unchangeable powers that stand above even the gods in the hierarchy of supernatural forces. The Greeks and Romans thought that the Fates were three ancient women who spun the web of destiny together. Each man’s life is a thread, and the fates would draw it out and cut it as they saw fit. The gods themselves had to obey the Fates, for even they had golden threads. Fate plays a very large role in Virgil’s epic The Aeneid....   [tags: Aeneid Greek Roman History Essays] 563 words
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Greek Art - According with S. Marilyn, (2009), Art History Portable Edition, Ancient Art Chapter Five, to knowledge about Greek history is important to understanding its arts; knowledge of its religious beliefs is indispensable, because most of their art pieces are based on myth and legends of their gods. Gods that were heroes and victorious warriors that deserved to be praised and recognized for others. The best way for the Greeks arties was creating living statues and majestic figures that reflect power and strength of their gods....   [tags: History, Architecture, Religion]
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Ancient Greek Historians: Herodotus and Thucydides - Thesis statement: While the ancient Greek historians made great strides in perfecting the writing of history, the Roman historians (and the Greek historian writing Roman history) continued perfecting the art of writing good history. The two Greeks Herodotus and Thucydides started the practice of reporting truth and personal knowledge of historical events above prose and poetry (vis-à-vis Homer), as well as removing much of the theological-centric content. The Roman historians that came after improved on this practice, particularly Tacitus, who used the better developed record-keeping of the times to write more concise, accurate histories with personal knowledge of the movers and shakers of t...   [tags: greece, writing roman history, polybius]
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Xenia- Greek Concept - ... He amicably invited Thyestes to his house, telling him he was going to be a guest and he was ready to forgive any bad blood between them. Clueless about the revenge being weaved by his brother, Thyestes accepted the invitation, Atreus killed the sons of his brother and cooked them into a stew, leaving only the feet and hands behind which he used to taunt his brother after the meal. Atreus had killed and insulted guests in his house. Mycenae, the land of Atreus was cursed with plague and famine....   [tags: meaning, interesting history, guest, host] 771 words
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The Story of Poseidon - The Story of Poseidon (Roman - Neptune) Poseidon was the ruler of the sea, and a powerful god in Greek mythology who was often called the "Earth-shaker." His father was the Titan Cronus, who at the time was ruler of the Universe, and his mother was Rhea. Cronus was a paranoid ruler, because it had been prophesized that one of his own sons would dethrone him, just as Cronus had done to his father, Uranus. Thus, Cronus would swallow the children whom Rhea bore him. He figured that it was the safest way to ensure that none of his offspring overthrew him....   [tags: History Greek Gods Mythology Essays] 1974 words
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Female Influence in Greek Mythology - The ability of women to influence the course of events in Iliad and Odyssey Women have always been an important part of human history since it began. The Greek Myths also show how women, though not as powerful as men, have been able to cause great changes to the course of events. The Trojan of war is one glorified example of it where because of one woman thousands of soldiers died. I would like to talk about such women from the readings that we have done in this course. I shall be talking about Helen of Troy, Kalypso, Circe, Nausicaa and Penelope to show how mortals and immortals have powers of sort but are still inferior to men....   [tags: Greek Literature] 1197 words
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The Olympic Games - The Olympic Games The Olympic Games are an international sports festival that began in ancient Greece. The original Greek games were staged every fourth year for several hundred years, until they were abolished in the early Christian era. The revival of the Olympic Games took place in 1896, and since then they have been staged every fourth year, except during World War I and World War II. Perhaps the basic difference between the ancient and modern Olympics is that the former was the ancient Greeks' way of saluting their gods, whereas the modern Games are a manner of saluting the athletic talents of citizens of all nations....   [tags: Olympics History Greek Olympia Essays] 1151 words
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