As per our lesson this week, the Greeks, owed many of their intellectual and
cultural achievements to the Egyptians. However, what makes them so
legendary was their emphasis on the human as an individual. As per lesson,
"Surviving artifacts from the Greco-Roman period tell a unique story of the
Greeks’ interest in individuality, which would later become one of the
foundations of Western philosophy and art"(Lesson 2).
“The Greeks were the first to be interested in, and indeed to glorify, human
beings simply as human beings - for themselves and their own unique
qualities rather than because of their place in a religious, familial, or social
order” (Frese-Witt, Brown, Dunbar, Tirro, & Witt, 2001, p. 67).
Ancient Greek culture revolved around a democratic government in city-states
in which decisions were made by the Assembly, mainly composed by adult
male population. Women were never really viewed as citizens, they passed
from the protection of their fathers to their husbands, even though they
considered themselves democratic, they were a slaveholding culture.
Typically, slaves made up about 35% of the total population. A sizable portion
of slaves were engaged in domestic services, but the majority worked in
industry. Slaves were not employed in Greece for the pursuit of consumption
and leisure but as a means to “free” citizens for participation in government.
With all that been said, i think they made a statement of their culture and
beliefs, by plasmating it in their buildings, knowing they will tell their stories
Sayre, H. M. (08/2012).
Discovering the Humanities, 2/e VitalSource for
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Week 2 Lesson. Greco-Roman Influences. Chamberlain University.
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