Greek Contributions

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Mythology

Greeks used myths and stories to explain the stuff going on around them. Some of the mythological heroes were: Jason, Hercules, Pursues, and more. Some of the Gods of ancient Greece were: Hermes, Hephaestus, Ares, Poseidon, Hades, Cronus, Apollo, Dionysus, Prometheus, and Zeus. Apollos of Athens wrote some of the mythology. They believed when you died you had a spirit that went soon after you died, you had to cross The River of Sty to get to the underworld.

We see Greek mythology in: movies and books. (Hercules, Clash of the Titans, and Wrath of the Titans.

Architecture

Greek architecture is known for it's columns. There are three types of columns: Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. Other types of Greek art include pottery, sculptures, and paintings. Every city had a temple that was dedicated to a specific god. They went there to worship and make sacrifices. Some leaders like Pericles and Alexander The Great, spread Greek architecture through out Europe.

We see Greek influence in architecture today in important buildings. The White House Capitol Building, The Supreme Court and The Lincoln Memorial all have columns that show Greek influence.

Philosophy

Thais, Socrates, Pluto, and Aristotle was some of the Philosopher in ancient Greece. Thales was the first of the natural philosophers. Socrates was known for crating Socratic Irony. Plato was a founder of Academy in Athens. They wrote: Republic and roman numerals. Some of them tried understanding the world around them. Thy're treated with respect.

We still see doctors use the Hippocratic oath and we use pi.

Government

Their function of the government in ancient Greece was a democracy. In their democracy they could: voice their opinions and they voted directly on laws. The council was chosen by a lottery. All of the leaders and voters legally had to: be all white, over 18, and they were expected to vote. Every year the leaders of Greece were chosen by lottery. Sadly, there was slavery in ancient Greece. The wars that occurred were: The Peloponnese War and The Persian War.

Things in their democracy we see now in our democracy are: Every one can voice their opinion, We have to be 18 to vote, and we have term limits today. (4 years for president)

Sports

The people who were eligible to play sports in ancient Greece were: All free Greek male citizens were entitled to participate regardless of their social status. The sports that they played were: Javelin, boxing, shot-put, long-jump, and running. The people who could watch the sport were only men, gods, unmarried women could watch the sport. The athletic competition in ancient Greece started are uncertain. Most of the athletes were very honored to play in the game and they were treated like heroes.

Today we have some of the exact same events today like: Javelin, boxing, shot-put, long-jump, and running. And we still have the Olympics.