Ancient Greece influenced Western Civilization in numerous ways. Lots of ideas of the Ancient Greeks came from the city-state of Athens. The Greek culture has actually had a very big effect on the method people have actually lived. The Ancient Greek civilization made significant contributions to western civilization in the areas of federal government, philosophy, and math and science. Now government is a system of control people, societies and states. It is necessary to have a federal government so you can manage society in addition to your armed forces for defense.
As seen in document 1, which is an excerpt from Pericles’ funeral oration, the ancient Greeks was among the very first to have a democracy. Though the Athenians had a democracy it was restricted and direct. As seen in document 2, which is from the play Antigone by Sophocles, the quotes reveal that when you defy an autocrat they will be indicate this democracy also permitted social mobility and everybody was enabled to serve in the armed force.
Government was not the only way the Ancient Greeks had contributions to Western Civilization. The Ancient Greeks also made many contributions to Western Civilization in the area of Philosophy. Philosophy is the study of knowledge, reality, and existence. Philosophy is important because it can guide your life. Also, as seen in document 3, which is a quote from Socrates, this quote tells us that a life without adventure is a life that there is no point to live. Because of this quote Socrates was accused of heresy, which means that you are challenging religion and state.
This quote may have been an influence to the law of separation of church and state that we have today. As seen in document 4, which is a quote from Aristotle, this quote tells us that having the power of reason is our strongest power.