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A Brief Understanding of Greek History

Looking at a Brief History of Greece

Greece is a nation that may not have had a major influence on the politics and power stage of the world in thousands of years, but there’s good reason their history is revered and studied. Many consider Greece the cradle of Western philosophy, democracy, and culture – and it’s easy to see why. Although long a small country marking the gateway from Europe to Asia, their influence remains to this day.

Philosophy & Education
Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle are names that every school child will recognize after a certain grade, and they form the basis of many things in modern society including Western logic, philosophy, thought, and even the practice of law where arguments are given in a debate format in trials. All of this sprouts from ancient Greece.

So does early mathematics. Archimedes, Euclid, Pythagoras, and Hippocrates are all famous for their study of math, medicine, and the scientific principals which still guide education today. (more…)

Greece History For Travelers

Greece is a fascinating country and a great place to travel to. Every part of the country is steeped in history and it helps to know a little bit about its storied history before you travel there. Greece is an ancient country and the first tribes were thought to have settled there in 1900 BC. These indigenous people grew crops and tended the land.

Greece had a Neolithic era that ended with the beginning of the Bronze age and the original inhabitants of Greece were invaded by the Mycenaeans. These invaders introduced what is know as the Greek language that is still spoken today. The Minoan civilization followed in 2700 BC and produced many pots and artifacts that you can see up close in museums around the world. They traded timber and other goods overseas.

The Mycenaeans were in Crete at this time and they have left behind some amazing sites, including buildings and artifacts. They even invented an early form of writing. Ancient Greece is considered the beginning of civilization and it played a big role in the formation of Rome. Greek thought and philosophy influences culture to this day and the Parthenon in Athens is one of the most visited historical sites in the world.

Greek philosophy spread throughout the world and is still widely studied in schools and universities. Traveling to Greece is an adventure and it is a journey you will never forget. You can feel the history in the air and feel the ghosts of Plato and Aristotle in the whisper of the trees.

The history of Greece covers centuries and it is constantly changing, even to this day. There is much to learn about Greek history and you could spend years learning everything there is to know about it. Greece is the starting point for history and visiting it is an unforgettable experience.

How To Learn More About The History Of Greece

Greece is a beautiful country with a rich and fascinating past. There are quite a few different ways that you can learn more about the history of Greece including the following:

1. Online Research. The first and most obvious way to research this country is by searching the Internet. There are countless websites devoted to everything from the history of Ancient Greece to its more recent past. Just be sure that the resources that you use are reliable. For instance, a website that is published by a college or university is most likely more trustworthy than a random stranger’s blog.

2. Local Libraries. These days, it is easy to forget about local libraries. However, they can be a rich resource for discovering information about the history of Greece. Start with a visit to your local public library. Don’t hesitate to ask the librarians for assistance. They may be able to help you discover books that you would have otherwise overlooked. Also, if you have a college or university in your town, don’t forget about their library as well. Oftentimes, you can find excellent books at these educational institutions that are not carried by the public library. (more…)

History of Greece: The Philosophers

While there have been many great philosophers throughout human history, the ones that have reverberated the most throughout civilization have been the Greek philosophers, second only to the biblical ones.

Much of modern civilization has been deeply influenced by the ideas that were spawned in the ancient Greek ideas: political philosophy, ontology, biology, logic, metaphysics, ethics, historic, and aesthetics that we nowadays take for granted developed within a time span of about 300 years.

Original Ideas?

The old adage of standing on the shoulders of giants does apply here as well, despite the fact that Greek philosophers are now considered giants themselves. There certainly was contact with oriental cosmology and theology, as well as Persian and Babylonian ideas, but it needs to be pointed out that philosophy as we understand it today was a Greek creation, with a firm foundation in the concept of ‘reason.’

While we mostly associate Greek philosophies with Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, there were many pre-Socratic philosophers, that in turn influenced the so-called Athenian School composed of these three thinkers. Aristotle himself for instance considered Thales of Miletus as the first philosopher, and a lot of his own ideas were built upon those of Thales. Other early philosophers such as Anaximander, Xenophanes, Pythagoras, Heraclitus and Parmenides of Elea are also worthy of mentioning as influences over the Athenian School. (more…)

History of Greece: Classical Greece

The so-called “Classical Greece” is possibly the most influential period of Greek culture. It lasted from the fifth to the fourth century BC, in a time that spanned approximately 200 years. Most of what we know nowadays as Western culture, such as scientific thought, literature, theater, philosophy, and politics, originated in this time, since it also became a heavy influence on the Roman empire and as such, formed the foundation of Western civilization.

In general, it is understood that this time period began with the Persian invasion in 492 BC and their ultimate defeat in 490 BC. A few notable battles from the time period are the Battle of Thermopilae and the Battle of Artemisium, as well as the following Spartan and Athenian clashes, generally referred to as the Peloponnesian War.

With the rise and eventual fall of the Spartan empire, the clashes with Thebes and the rise of Athens, as well as Macedon, ancient Greece experienced a continued development and growth with political and philosophical aspects. Leaders and rulers came and went, leadership styles changed, religions and philosophies intertwined, and languages evolved.

For example, most philosophers that we know and remember nowadays lived within this time period, such as Plato, Aristotle and Socrates. Particularly this time became a center and birthplace for politics and philosophies, particularly democracy, which we still enjoy and follow today.

Besides these philosophers, another very influential figure in human history was born and lived in this time period: Alexander the Great. Instructed by Aristotle and born as the son of Philip II of Macedonia, he soon united Greece in a globe-conquering march that spread the Hellenistic language and philosophies throughout the ancient world.

It was his death that spelled the end of the Classical Greek period. After the Greek empire split apart again under Alexander’s generals, Greece lost a lot of its importance on the world’s stage, but a lot of what Classical Greece had stood for, especially in terms of politics and philosophy, was passed on.

Particularly Rome adopted much of Greece’s culture, political views, philosophies and especially religions. The legacy of classical Greece reverberated throughout human history well into the post-Renaissance European elite. This in turn influenced much of Western civilization, and no other period in history has had such a profound impact on modern civilization as Classical Greece.

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Hi – I’m Tim and I’m getting ready to visit Greece! I’m so excited to see this historic and beautiful land. I wanted to learn about the history a bit more than I already knew, so I thought I would blog about it for myself, and for my wife too. Enjoy!