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  • Greek History - 702 words
    1) The sources for ancient history are divided into four categories. Name each of them, and briefly describe two of those categories. Archaeology is the science or study of history derived from the evidence of the relics and remains of early human cultures as discovered chiefly by systematic excavations. The Oxford Classical dictionary defines archaeology as 'the study of the whole material culture'. By this definition, archaeology is the study of history through the analysis of tangible evidence. e.g. roads, buildings, sculptures, tools Numismatics is the science of coins and medals. As a source, coins are of particular importance. A lot can be determined in regards to metal usage, quantity ...
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  • Basic Greek History - 1,562 words
    The Ancient Greek civilization was located on the same land Greece is now, Ionian Islands, Asia Minor, South Italy, and Sicily. It is surrounded mountains and in the north by water. The Ionian and the Aegean seas, together with natural islands and bays, gave the Greeks the opportunity to develop their high level of commerce and their rich culture. The mountains, which surrounded Greece, gave them the advantage of being well protected. From earlier times, the Geeks lived in independent settlements, and they were isolated from one another. Later, these settlements grew into bigger cities and/or formed city-states. The Greek civilization has made great contributions in many areas to western soc ...
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  • Women In Greek Art - 1,151 words
    Women in Greek history have had many roles. In Ancient Greece the mythological stories tell of very powerful women. Some archeological finds hint at the same suggestion. Women also represent some of the most powerful of deities. In the Classical Age women were subservient and primarily homebound. Women did the sewing, cooking, cleaning and raising of the children. In Hellenistic times women were becoming more a part of society yet still played the part of the subservient wife and mother. Women played an even greater role in Greek Art throughout Greek history by inspiring the artist. Women were depicted in statues, pottery, vases, tempera, ceramic, poetry, writing, plays and even mythology. T ...
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  • Greek Heroine Cults - 700 words
    Larson, Jennifer Greek Heroine Cults. University of Wisconsin Press, 1995. Jennifer Larsons extensive knowledge on the subject of ancient women, goddesses, gods, and mythology is very apparent in this book. I found the book difficult to read as one would read a novel or even a textbook. However, I thought that Larsons very detailed (and referenced and cross-referenced) descriptions of heroine cults would make an excellent reference book. This comprehensive book details Greek heroin cults and their place in Greek society, from the worship of them, to a definition of who could be considered a heroine, to stories about them. Citing many sources and references, Larson gives an unbiased view to t ...
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  • How Athen Took Over Leadership Of Sparta After The Persian Wars - 1,482 words
    HOW ATHENS TOOK OVER LEADERSHIP OF SPARTA AFTER THE PERSIAN WARS During the period of Greek history from the last years of the Persian Wars till the beginning of the First Peloponnesian War, the primacy of Sparta declined whileAthens was gaining increased influence in Greece. The Athenian, Thucydides (460-400 BC), one among few contemporary historians, left behind the most creditable records about this period. Although he did not give enough documentation for many events he described, his Histories remained the main resource of the facts from that time. In consideration of the fact that he was an Athenian and a participant of the Athenian army, future historians could not entirely count upon ...
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  • History Of Light Infantry - 1,785 words
    For a long time peace was understood in negative fashion, Kendrick Pritchett in the introduction to the book The Greek State at War points out that in order to write history of Greek Warfare one would require a knowledge of many aspects of Greek life. The would-be investigator would have to be familiar with terrain in the case of any given battle, have an acquaintance with the archaeological artifacts of various types, close familiarity with the written sources, and most important, an understanding of the general economic picture. He would also need some insight into ancient religion and acquaintance with military and naval procedures and strategy. There is a definite truth about the stateme ...
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  • Plato - 1,212 words
    Throughout history there have been many philosophers that have made great impacts on the students for many years. One philosopher in particular that has made a tremendous impact on the youth of the world is a man named Plato. Plato is one of the worlds most famous writers, and is still being taught to this day. People ask why this man is so important and why he should be still studied today when he is something of the past; well I will help them see in my paper just why he is so important to this nation. This argument will be supported by three different categories; one a biography showing how important he was to man and number two is about how something or someone during the time in which h ...
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  • Achilles Vs Antigone - 770 words
    " Achilles vs. Antigone" The word heroic means surpassing the ordinary especially in size or scale; relating to or characteristic of heroes of antiquity; having or displaying qualities appropriate for heroes; impressive in size or scope; showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort. In Homers The Iliad Achilles the heroic figure, and also in Sophacles Antigone Antigone is the heroic figure. Arte is an Ancient Greek word that describes the quest for individual excellence within a social content. All men in ancient Greece would like to gain this excellence, so they may in a way feel superior to others who do not possess such a character ...
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  • Eccleciastes - 512 words
    In both of these stories, there is a spiritual crisis that awaits being noticed. I think that I both of these stories, there is an underlying theme that death has the final say in our lives, and there is not really much that we can do about it. In learning that our time will come, we tend to look at things, especially our lives, in different ways. In Ecclesiastes, the major spiritual crisis is that we must admit that death has the final say in our lives. This is something that all people must come to terms with and accept. Although the main spiritual crisis in Ecclesiastes is the fact that death is evivitable, other crisis arise from the actual book. There are many apparent contradictions be ...
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  • Gilgamesh Vs Ecclesiastes - 777 words
    In both of these stories, there is a spiritual crisis that awaits being noticed. I think that in both of these stories, there is an underlying theme that death has the final say in our lives, and that there is not really much that we can do about it. In learning that our time will come, we tend to look at things, especially our lives, in different ways. In Ecclesiastes, the major spiritual crisis is that we must admit that death has the final say in our lives. This is something that all people must come to terms with and accept. Although the main spiritual crisis in Ecclesiastes is the fact that death is evivitable, other crisis arise from the actual book. There are many apparent contradicti ...
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  • Greek - 812 words
    Ancient Greek art can be divided into a number of different periods, roughly paralleling the eras in Greek history including: the Metal Age cultures (Cyclades, Minoan and Mycenaean); the Geometric Period; the Archaic Period; the Classical Period; the Hellenistic Period and the Byzantine period. These divisions are important; they represent major periods of artistic development and clearly distinguish various artistic movements within Greek historical cultural. The earliest Greek artist were concerned with pleasing their gods, but in time they moved away from this and developed a bolder, more expressive art. Above all, ancient Greek art placed a great emphasis on the human aspect of life and ...
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  • Book Review - 1,450 words
    Book Review of Slavery in Ancient Greece, By Yvon Garlan, 1988 It is obvious from the beginning that, Slavery in Ancient Greece, was written to the authors colleagues (Garlan). The language, content, and style are noticeably academic and complex. The body of the text is devoted to a historical study of the different types of slavery existing within the Greek society of antiquity. The chapters are constructed to identify and define the different types of slavery and the practices associated with them. It is not until the conclusion of the book that the reader becomes aware of the authors intention to address several questions, which have apparently been hotly debated in the historic academic ...
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  • Aeschylus - 862 words
    In this paper I will be placing my emphasis on tearing apart the story of Oresteia, Greek Tragedy, articles written on the story, and then give me own interpretation. Aeschylus lived approximately from 525- 456 B.C. in the city of Eleusis. The Oresteia was written two years before his death. He wrote the tragedies: Eumenides, Prometheus Bound, The Oresteia, The Persians, Seven against Thebes, among others. In the interpretation given by David Cohen, he describes justice in the Oresteia. In the first few paragraphs, Cohen describes the main point of the book, which is the justice that Zeus enforces. Aeschylus believes strongly that Zeuss laws are not intentionally supposed to harm the innocen ...
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  • The Iliad - 1,278 words
    The scene opens on the last year of the Trojan war. The war had raged for ten years, with the invading Greeks fighting against Troy. Apollo has sent a plague to the Greeks because Agamemnon, king and leader of the Greeks, dishonored a daughter of Apollo's priest. When the reason for the plague is discovered, Agamemnon becomes angry and defiant, unhappy to give the daughter back to her father to appease Apollo. Achilles, a superior Greek warrior, challenges Agamemnon's arrogance, but Agamemnon turns his anger to Achilles, and demands that Achilles give a slave girl to him as a compensation. Achilles fills with rage, but Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, calms both men down so that they do not fight ...
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  • Thumos: Coping In Plato's Republic - 1,277 words
    Platos Republic is mainly the discussion of justice versus injustice and the task of defining each. To figure out how to grasp a definition, Socrates, Glaucon, and Adeimantus set to creating a Just City as a model for the individual. Eventually they come to the point of seizing the land of neighbors, discovering the origins of war (373 e). With war as a factor, they must create guardians not only to fight to gain land, but also to protect the city. Socrates states that the work of the guardians is most important, it requires most freedom from other things and greatest skill and devotion (374 e). From this quotation, the reader realizes that the guardian class, which contains rulers and the a ...
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  • Greece - 1,678 words
    My report is about Greece. Through my research, I learned that Greece was founded in 3000 B.C. Greece is located in Southern Europe, bordering the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea, between Turkey and Albania. Greeces area can be compared to the size of the state of Alabama. Between 3500 and 3000 B.C., society was becoming more complex. Villages built during this time were becoming larger. However, the population increased at a slow rate. During the second millennium B.C. two Greek civilizations evolved - the Minoan in Crete and the Mycenaean on the mainland. Sometime around 1349 B.C., the Mycenaean peoples conquered the island of Crete, and the Minoan civilization basically ...
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  • Examination Of Music History - 1,264 words
    A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become." - W.H. Auden. This quote best explains the complex art of music. Music is an elaborate art form that will always remain ever changing. Music developed drastically from it's beginning in the Prehistoric era to the 14th Century. The exact origin of music is unknown. It is known that music was used in prehistoric times in magical or spiritual rituals but no other use is known. This knowledge is borne out of the fact that music still forms a vital part of most religious ceremonies today. The history of Greek music is problematic. Although there are frequent references to musical performance in G ...
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  • The Mask Of Apollo - Review - 944 words
    The Mask of Apollo" revolves around the adventures of Nikeratos, a young actor who travels the countryside of ancient Greece and Sicily while performing in various plays. In one play, Kadmos by Sophokles the Younger, Nikeratos is required to wear an old mask of Apollo as part of his costume. The mask is fifty years old and is rumored to bring good luck. Nikeratos is impressed with the mask and comes to believe that it possesses special powers. He begins to make reverent gestures toward it as when he places a bay-sprig above it and sprinkles drops of wine on the floor in front of it. During one performance of the play a battle breaks out with a neighboring town. As the actors continue perform ...
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  • Heroic Distinctions Of Odysseus - 1,562 words
    ... red various monsters and beasts from his quest of the twelve labors. Jason came across the dragon that guarded the Golden Fleece in his quest to regain the throne at Iolcos. And, Theseus met with creatures and beasts, such as the Minotaur, from his own labors in his quest to regain the throne at Athens. Along the way, the hero is also certain to encounter a femme fatale or an enchantress, who tries to add difficulty to the task at hand, but also sometimes ends up helping out. Helen can be considered a femme fatale of the heroes of the Trojan War, as she essentially set the War in motion that caused the deaths of many men. Theseus had Ariadne, though she was not very much of a detriment t ...
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  • Macedonia Forever For Macedonians - 649 words
    THE PROPAGANDA *Macedonians should not be recognised as Macedonians as they have been of Greek nationality since 2000BC. *Macedonians whose language belongs to the Slavic family, must not call themselves Macedonians as 4000 years ago they spoke Greek and today still speak nothing but Greek. *Macedonia has no right to call itself by this name as Macedonia has always been a region and is today a region of Greece. *The Serbs believe that Macedonians are misguided country cousins who belong in a Greater Serbia. (Yugoslavia) THE FACTS *Macedonia was never a region of Greece. On the contrary, Greece was often subject to Macedonia. In 1913, Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria divided Macedonia into three p ...
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