Greece Essays

The Two Sides to Every Greek_ Hellene Vs. Romoi

Louis De Bernieres’s novel, Corelli’s Mandolin, is a story about time and change. The story itself explores many aspects of life such as love, betrayal, chaos, tradition, history and numerous other elements that are often warped over time. De Bernieres notes that he tried to be as true to history as possible. But beneath the layers of time, change and history there is another element of Greek culture that parallels the stories within the novel. There is a continuous theme…

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_the Odyssey_ – Telemachus’ Journey

When does a boy become a man? This rite of passage is explored in Robert Fagles’ translation of Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey. Odysseus (king of Ithaca) fought in the Trojan War for ten years and after the fall of Troy he spent the next ten years trying to get home. He left behind an infant son, Telemachus, and a devoted wife, Penelope. Although they longed for Odysseus’ return, Penelope and Telemachus were the perfect hosts to wayward strangers –…

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Thessaloníki Case

Salonica or Thessaloníki means the victory of Thessalonian and it is the capital city of Macedonia and in Greece it is the second largest city while in the whole of Southern Eastern Europe, it one of the largest city. The city still retains a number of Jewish and Ottoman buildings together with a good number of Byzantine architectural monuments. Thessaloníki was founded by a king from Macedon known as King Cassander at around 315 BC who gave it the name…

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Medea Shows That Seeking Revenge Undermines Any Hope of Justice

The brutal course of revenge which Medea exacts on Jason may suggest that in the pursuit of revenge, one render any prospect of attaining justice to be void. However in an indirect way, Medea’s course of revenge which implicates the lives of innocents, exerts a punishment on her. Ultimately, the fact that Medea is not directly subjected to a punishment for her extreme course of her revenge is attributable to her ancestry – she is the grand-daughter of the Sun-God….

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Birds of a Feather

“If birds of a feather flock together, they don’t learn enough” ~Robert Half~ The first thing that comes to mind when reading this quote is a flock of geese. They all stick together. They learn from one another and what they learn they pass on to future generations. While this is how they learn to stay safe, they are “stuck” doing the same thing every day. After reading the quote a few more times and looking at it from “outside…

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The History of Western Civilization

The Greek polis reflects the evolution of new social and political order in Greece before 1500BC. It gave enough scope for developing the principles of democracy like equality before law and for encouraging the arts like drama and music. It has shown its higher intensity in Athens and hence led to evolution of highly enriched political and economical society.The Greece is certainly blessed with rich cultural heritage and abundant natural resources. Significant amount of cultural contribution in Western world in…

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The Golden Proportion

Among many proportions there is one having unique properties. If the ratio of the sum of the quantities to the larger quantity is equal to the ratio of the larger quantity to the smaller one, then the two quantities are in golden proportion, denoted by the Greek letter phi (? ). And this proportion can be called in different terms such as the golden mean, golden section or the golden proportion which is an irrational mathematical constant having a value…

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Ancient Greeks

Ancient Greeks made many influential contributions to western civilization such as in the areas of philosophy, art and architecture, and math and science. The Greeks were a remarkable civilization and contributed things people use in every day life then, and currently. Some very important people of Ancient Greece include Socrates, Aristotle, Pericles’, Hippocrates, Euclid, Sophocles, Plato and Galen. All of these people shaped western civilizations, while Greece was in two wars at the time. They pushed through hardships and still…

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Aristogoras of Miletus

In 499 BCE, Aristagoras made a mistake that greatly changed history and led to western ideas being spread throughout the world, a major turning point in shaping the culture of future generations. It resulted in many wars and conquests but ultimately this mistake is why today delegates to the United Nations wear suits and ties instead of turbans. Aristagoras was the Persian governor of Miletus on the edge of the Persian Empire. The nearby island of Naxos rebelled against the…

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Greek Contributions

Contributions of Ancient Greece Many of the roots of Western society can be traced back to ancient Greece. The longest areas of contribution are architecture, medicine, and philosophy. The philosophical area of ancient Greece is one of the most important; it foundededucational laws and many other things. Also architecture was a major part of what ancient Greece left behind considering they constructed huge buildings that still stand today. Greece was known as one of the founders of modern medicine since…

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Important People of History

Ancient Greece was known for many things, including great thinkers and philosophers. Many names come to mind from this period, including that of Socrates. Certainly, none are so colorful. He wrote nothing, but his impact was unmatched by others. His ideas were revolutionary, and caused enough controversy that he was finally put on trial in Athens, guaranteeing that his mark on history would be indelible. Socrates was born in 469 B. C. E. to Sophroniscus and Phaenarete. Little is known…

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Olympia Sanctuary

The sanctuary of Olympia lies in the alluvial valley formed by the confluence of the rivers Kladeos and Adelpheos, bounded to the north by the wooded hill of Kronos. The sanctuary of Zeus is located in the northwest part of the Peloponnese. Olympia can be identified as a non-urban sanctuary, and consequently, as a Panhellenic sanctuary. The use of the term Panhellenic, in present purposes, indicates a major shrine in a Greek territory that is not dominated by a major…

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Ancient Mesopotamia and Greek Inventions

Our world today wasn’t entirely created from recent achievements. We have collected knowledge from ancient civilizations such as Mesopotamia and Greece by studying their history and improving their accomplishments. These cultures have had a major impact on the daily lives of the people in the modern world. Although Ancient Mesopotamia and Greece were some of the earliest civilized cultures, they differ greatly in their achievements and innovations that played important roles for future humans. As the world’s earliest civilization, Ancient…

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A History of Greece

Western Civilization owes much of its development to Greek history because most of the current principles and knowledge of man was derived from this ancient culture. The foundations of mathematics, science, medicine, philosophy, politics and even the different forms of art nowadays were first established long before Christ was born in these Mediterranean islands. The Bronze Age (3000 BCE to 1100 BCE) Bronze became a heavily used metal in Greece during 3000 B. C. It was used to make different…

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Traveling to Greece

Reading about Greece is like going aboard an airplane to visit the country for a vacation. I have learned a lot about Greece from conducting research and further readings that it seems like I have been there already. Greece has a rich historicity and culture. It also boasts of beautiful sceneries and wonderful vacation spots that I would want to visit, enjoy and indulge myself in. Greece is made up mostly of mountainous areas. The highest mountain peak in the…

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