Ancient Greek Freedom

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Ancient Greek Freedom Chris Bean 3/1/09 English 3
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“The glory that was Greece,” wrote Edgar Allen Poe, referring to the lasting impact of the Ancient Greek civilization on today’s society. Lasting nearly 1000 years from 1100 BC to 146 BC, the Ancient Greek period saw monumental developments in arts, literature, mathematics, medicine, and philosophy. Of particular importance was the development of democracy, which set the foundation for the development of Western society. Ancient Greece may have been the first region in which cities and people had liberty, legally and socially. Ancient Greeks, particularly Athenians, experienced levels of freedom previously unheard of in ancient societies, being able to speak freely, vote, and live free of certain modern prejudices. In many ways, the freedom enjoyed by Ancient Athenians was greater than the freedom in today’s society. The classical period in the history of Athens began with the downfall of the current dictatorship in 510 BC. Following the revolt, radical philosopher Cleisthenes took charge and established the city-state of Athens as a democracy, effectively founding the world’s first democracy. Following the defeat of the advancing Persian Empire, Athens became the ruling power in Greece. The period beginning with the end of the
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