Greek Cultural Contributions

Riley Stoller

Architecture

Greek architecture was known for it columns. There were three types Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. Other types of Greek art include pottery, sculptures, and panting. Every city state had a temple that was dedicated to a specific god. They went there to worship and make sacrifices. Some leader like Pericles and Alexander the great spread the Greek architecture through out Europe.

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

Govermment

The government in ancient Greece was awesome. They had a direct democracy. A direct democracy is where everyone can vote on laws. They only had leaders that were white males and over the age of 18 years. The leaders were chose every 10 years then it changed to every 6 years then every year. The leaders we chosen from a hat. Slavery was over there to back in ancient Greece. The war that occurred were The Persian war and the Peloponnese war.

Three ways that Greek government is the same is we have a democracy and when your 18 you can vote, we both have term limits.

Sports

There sports were very different but alike. The people that played sports were all free men the women were not allowed to participate in them. They played many of the same sports as we do. They played jumping, discus throw, wrestling, boxing, running and those were just some of them.They did this to please the gods. The Greeks made statues of them and gave them free meals and even had parades for them. Yep I would say they were popular.

Some ways that we are similar is we have the Olympics and we have a lot of the same events.

Philosophy

Philosophers were very important to ancient Greece. There were a lot of philosophers here are just some, Parmenides, Zeno, Pythagoras, Plato, and Socrates. They had a lot of ideas and beliefs. Here is Zeno's, he taught that the universe is one. Plato taught that nothing ever changed. Socrates taught to not pretend to be something your not. Here is why I said that they were important. This is how they were treated well and they got payed a high amount tho the government was scared. Some books that they wrote were The Republic, Plato wrote that one, and Aristotle wrote the Nicomachean Ethics. Greek philosophers tried to answer who are we, and how can we be happy.

Some similar this we have to is we use pie and we study geometry.

Mythology

Mythology was a massive deal. They used Greek mythology to explain nature. Some of the heroes Hercules, Odysseys, Perseus, and Jason. Some of the gods were Zeus( sky ) Posiden ( water ) Hades ( dead ) that was just some. The guy who wrote this was Apollodorus of Athens and homer. When some one dies they go to the under world to be judged.

Some ways that it is know in today is the movie Hercules, the Percy Jackson, and we still study it today.