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
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