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Unformatted text preview: Mike Ansley Final Paper Greek Philosophy Professor Michaud December 9, 2010 The Creation of Western Philosophy Greek life impacted the creation of western philosophy. The culture, historical events, technology, and politics of the Bronze Age , Dark Age or I ron Age, the Archaic Period and ending with the Classical Period laid a foundation for the creation of western philosophy At the beginning of what we could call the Greek 1 civilization, there was the Bronze Age, which started around 3000 B.C.E. and then was split up into three stages. The Early Bronze Age which began in Greece around 3000-2300 B.C.E. is when craftsmen learned to mix copper with tin or arsenic to produce a new metal called bronze. This was harder than any metal and where this period of time was named after. With the production of bronze they were able to build better weapons, tools, and monuments. They also made beautiful art and pottery, Cycladic marble figurines, and grand monuments such as the House of Tiles, which was guarded by high wall studded with towers. In this time period if there was wealth to steal it was stolen with violence. The early rulers of this time period got their power by their claim of closeness with the gods. Greek culture seemed primitive to the Egyptians. 1 1 (Powell 2010) Mike Ansley Final Paper Greek Philosophy Professor Michaud December 9, 2010 The Middle Bronze Age we do not know much about and think there was a social regression and also invasions of Greece by outsiders who destroyed most monuments, including the House of Tiles which burned to the ground around 2300 B.C.E. along with many other sites. From 2300 to 1800 B.C.E people lived simpler lives or village-level lives. They believed Greece was invaded and split up because the graves, pottery, bronzes, and houses after 2300 B.C.E. where different from those of the Early Bronze Age. The recession of the Bronze Middle Age only affected the mainland because in Crete which was separated from the mainland by seventy-five miles of water. On the island of Crete they built structures so large they were called palaces which had up to hundreds of rooms and covered several acres. They also built alters on top of mountains to give offerings to their gods such as pottery and figurines. I t also created mythical beings such as Minotaur, which was half man half bull man eating bull. i2 At the End of the Bronze Age Greece was stronger than ever and trade routes were now in affect and the people no longer lived village style lives but drifted together and created larger civilizations with fortifications and better security to defend their homesteads. Then around 1225 and 1175 fires destroyed palaces all over Greece. This is when we believe to be 2 2 (Carrier 2000) Mike Ansley Final Paper Greek Philosophy Professor Michaud December 9, 2010 the time of the Trojan War, or the downfall of the Mycenaean Culture due to the combination of war, famine, and disease; which brings us to the Dark Age or Iron Age which...
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