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06 Greek Language and Religion revised 012011

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Greek Language  and Religion
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The “Dark Age” of Greece 1000–800 BC After the return of the  heroes from the  Trojan War Dorian invasion       defeated Mycenaeans Culture was stagnant  during the “Dark Age” Dorian invasion
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Greek Language and Religion What is the  most important  event in the  Ancient World?
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Answer by a UCLA professor:  Development of the Greek Alphabet Greek: First alphabet with the ability to  write in full phonetic detail Phoenician Alphabet Greek Alphabet What is the most important event in  the ancient world?
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What is the most important event in  the ancient world? Less ambiguity History, laws, business  (all improved) More democratic  Empowered many classes of people  (intuitive and  easy to learn ) Easy recording of details Scientific thinking  (more precise) Subtleties can be expressed Philosophy More creative  Literature  (more expressive) Why was the Greek alphabet better? ß V K α
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Homer Blind  Recited and it was recorded Created the  Illiad  and the  Odyssey   Began the western literary tradition  Mythical beginnings for Greek history A unifying force for the Greek people Became a “religious” document Quest for  aret é   (aristocracy,  excellence, virtue, fulfillment of  purpose) Solidified the Epic genre
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Epics
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