Role Model of the West

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For hundreds of years, Western Civilization has flourished and become very dominate with stable and powerful nations. Reasons why the Western Civilization have become such great nations has been much attributed to the great role model, ancient Greeks for their many contributions, such as architecture, fine arts, education, philosophy, and mostly for their form of democracy and ways of government.

The architecture and fine arts in ancient Greece had proved to be beyond its time. The Greeks talent for architecture and art was and still is irresistible to many artist of today. The spread of this talent moved from the Greeks throughout Europe, especially Ancient Rome and all the way to present day United States.

The Greek people were very dedicated to their Gods, such as Zeus, Athena, and Apollo. Being so loyal and dedicated many artist and architects created many statues and temples in honor of them. After the Persian Wars, Greek architects were set to rebuild Greek from all the destruction made by the Persians. This era was known as the Classical Age. The architects were out to make a statement, while creating temples and buildings out of marble and limestone that were breathtaking they also did this to show others the countries’ power and dominance. “In effect, these structures were nothing less than a political statement.” (Sherman & Salisbury, 61)

In 600 B.C.E. the Greeks had developed three orders of architecture to describe the various designs of the column. The three orders were Greek Doric, Greek Ionic, and Greek Corinthian. (Sherman & Salisbury, 60) The Greek Doric is the oldest form of the orders and is also a very sturdy column. The top of the Greek Doric also known as the capital are plain on top. Thi...

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