Legacy of classical Greece

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For many of us Greeks the most important aspect of Greek history is Greek warfare, because Greece was invaded by the Persian Empire (in 492 and in 480 BC), and if Greece had lost, it would not have had the development it had and Democracy would have stopped in its tracks and everything else related to Classical Greece (499-323 BC) would not have developed. And we beat them mainly thanks to the Spartans, who were the best soldiers on land, and also thanks to the Athenians who had the best navy.

Major battles: Battle of Marathon (490 BC), Battle of Thermopylae (480 BC), Naval battle of Salamis (480 BC), Battle of Platea (479 BC), Battle of Mycale (479 BC)

Moreover thanks to Alexander the Greats (born in 356, died in 323 BC) military genius, Greece was able to conquer virtually all of Asia and North Africa and spread Greek culture and language. The New Testament was first written in Greek and that is thanks to Alexander. Moreover some of his military tactics are still used today! Greek warfare

Spartan king Leonidas. Alexander the Great.

(: dimos, people. , kratin, to rule)Solon (around 590 BC), Cleisthenes (508 BC), and Ephialtes (462 BC), (Athenian lawmakers and polititians) contributed to the development of democracy. Historians differ as to who created what institutions and who among them represent a truly democratic movement. Usually, democracys establishmentis attributed to Cleisthenes , since Solon's laws were catalyzed by Peisistratos and Ephialtes just improved some of Cleisthenes settings . Pericles was the most important Democratic political leader and he was the man responsible for the construction of the Parthenon. Democracy




Athletics When speaking about Greece and athletics , people normally think of the Olympics. They were created in 776 BC and they wereheld every four years at the sanctuary ofZeusinOlympia. There is no scholarly consensus as to when the Games officially ended, the most commonly held date is 393AD, when the emperorTheodosius I decreed that all pagan cults and practices be eliminated. Another date commonly cited is 426AD, when his successor,Theodosius II, ordered the destruction of all Greek temples.Modern Games were revived, thanks to Baron Pierre de Coubertin because in 1894he founded the International Olympic Committee and in 1896 the first modernOlympic Games were held in Athens.

The marathonis a long-distance running event with an official distance of 42kms and 195 meters (26 miles and 385 yards), usually run as aroad race. The event was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of theGreeksoldier/messenger Pheidipides, who ran from Marathon ( the place where the Battle of Marathon ocurred)to Athens, (42 kms) to announce to the rest of the Athenians that , we won, and then he dropped dead from exhaustion.

LanguageLike stated before, Alexander the Great spread Greek culture (and that includes language too) when he conquered almost all of Asia and the north of Africa. Consequently, all European languages have thousands of Greek words. For example, English has approximately 45.000 Greek words and Spanish is a mix of Arabic, Greek and Latin. Besides the greek alphabet is the first complete alphabet of all times as it is the first alphabetic script to have distinct letters for vowels as well as consonants. It is the ancestor of theLatinandCyrillic scripts. Apart from its use in writing the Greek language, both in its ancient and its modern forms, the Greek alphabet today also serves as a source oftechnical symbols and labelsin many domains of mathematics, science and other fields.

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PhilosophySocrates (470/469 399 BC)He is known for creating the Socratic irony (when you pretend to be ignorant about something to expose the ignorance and inconsistency of someone else, thus the irony) and the Socratic method, (also known with other names like maieutic (/meyu tk/), maieutical, elenctic method, method of elenchus or Socratic dabate), which is the teaching practice of pedagogy, that he is credited with inventing, wherein a teacher questions a student in a manner that draws out the correct response . He has had a profound influence in Western philosophy, along with his student Plato and Aristotle. Though much of Socrates' contribution is to the field of ethics, his input in the field of epistemology and logic is also noteworthy.

Plato (427-347 BC), Socrates disciple and Aristotles teacher, founded the Academy, which many believe is the worlds first university (it lasted from 387 BC to 529 AD) and is the author of philosophical works of unparalleled influence in Western thought.

Aristotle (384-322 BC), who was Alexander the Greats teacher, studied and discussed the systematic understanding of logic, physics, astronomy, meteorology, zoology, metaphysics, theology, psychology, politics, economics, ethics, rhetoric, and poetics.

In other words he was the first to classify areas of human knowledge into distinct disciplines such as mathematics, biology, and ethics. Some of these classifications are still used today.Thats why he is the father of logic, as he was the first to develop a formalized system for reasoning.

SciencesArchimedes (c.287-c.212 BC) He is considered one of the great mathematicians and scientists in history. He made many discoveries both in math and physics including many inventions.Aristarchus (310-230 BC) An astronomer and mathematician, he presented the first known model that placed the Sun at the center of the known universe with the Earth revolving around it. Euclid (350-270 BC) The Father of Geometry, Euclid wrote a book called Elements, likely the most famous mathematical textbook in history.Hippocrates (460-377 BC) A scientist of medicine, Hippocrates is called the Father of Western Medicine. Many doctors still take the Hippocratic Oath today.Pythagoras (580-496 BC) A scientist and philosopher, he came up with the Pythagorean Theorem still used today in much of geometry.Giorgos Papanicolau (May 13, 1883 February 19, 1962) pioneer incytopathologyand earlycancerdetection in the cervix and in the endometrium of the uterus, and inventor of the "Pap test

Herodotus (c 484-425 BC) A historian who chronicled the Persian Wars, Herodotus is often called the Father of History.

SCULPTURE AND ARCHITECTURE The Parthenon is the most famous masterpiece of ancient Greek architecture. Work began in 447 BC under Pericles orders, and it was finished in 432 BC. It wasbuilt in honor of Athena, the goddess of wisdom, and also to replace another temple which was destroyed by the Persians in 480 BC.Greek sculptures are very important as the vast majority of them tell us a story about Gods, Heroes, Events, Mythical Creatures and Greek culture in general. When Alexander conquered Asia he gave birth to Greco-Buddhist art, and its influence spread as far as Japan. Romans copied Greek art too as they built their own statues using Greek elements. Even to this day there are famous structures, like the White House, that have taken elements from ancient Greek temples.

Buddha (Greco-Buddhist art)

White House




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