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Greek and Roman Culture
A discussion of Greek and Roman thought and culture and its impact on Western civilization.
# 75786 | 2,331 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 21, 2006 in History (Greek and Roman)

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The paper examines Greek culture and how it has impacted on Western civilization. The paper describes how man was regarded as the highest creation of nature, and so the Greeks created democracy, a system of government in which all citizens of Greek birth were viewed as equal and thus had the right to equal and fair treatment and justice. The paper describes the rise of Athens and how, among the Athenians, philosophical argument was both a public and private activity. The paper concludes that we should be thankful to the ancient Greeks and the Romans, for without their intelligence and love for the unknown, our current Western world system would be non-existent.

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"Thus, for the Greeks, what set man apart from the animals was his intelligence, trained in reason as the highest function created by nature. Also, Aristotle points out that "all men by nature possess the desire to know," a trait which has greatly influenced Western culture via our ability to explore the unknown and to conquer it, usually through scientific endeavor and experimentation (Badian, 167)."

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