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Exam 2 Essay a - The classical Greek culture had...

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The classical Greek culture had significant and lasting accomplishments that have influenced the development of western civilization. The Greeks, whose civilization died out over two thousand years ago, developed many ideas and concepts that are still used even today. They developed many things like literature, government, athletics, math and science, and architecture. Classical Greek literature has influenced many civilizations. There were many Greek authors like Homer, Aristophanes, Euripides, Sophocles, Aesop, and Aeschylus. They each wrote stories or plays that we still read today like The Iliad, The Odyssey, Oedipus Rex, Prometheus Bound, and many more. Those authors have paved the way for other authors because they instilled a single concept into those stories that made them such classics: Humanism. In each and every story, the characters seem human because they have flaws just like a real human. The Greeks developed a government system that is still used today. They called it demokratia which is translated now into democracy. Democracy means ruled by the people and the Greeks used this to govern their people. The Greeks democracy was later used by the Romans. They had representatives make decisions and laws for the entire Roman Empire. The United States and many European countries use the representative democracy today. In ancient Greece, many of the Greek city-states believed in having a sound body. And every four years, each city-state would send representatives to a contest that would test strength and speed. There were five events in this contest: the discus, the javelin, wrestling, chariot racing, and the marathon. The contest was called the Olympics after their sacred mountain, Mont Olympus. People from around the world still compete in the
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Olympics today. There are many more events now like basketball, fencing, cycling, and
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