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    Leaving a legacy that rivals the 1,000-year Roman reign, the Greeks, thriving for less than two centuries on a small peninsula in southeastern Europe, made more contributions to Western culture than nearly any other peoples.  The Greeks championed the individual in their religion, their government, their architecture and their art.   Beginning as traders in and around the Mediterranean, The Greeks built there culture around the Mycaneans, Minoans and Dorians that preceded them.   The Greeks built their city-states around an acropolis and allowing citizen involvement in the government, the Greeks.  Rivalry between these individual states kept a Greek empire from ever forming and war between the two main ones, Athens and Sparta, spelled their mutual demise.

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Arete - The Greek Way

Pericles and Lincoln - Pillars of Democracy

Alexander the Great - Biography

"I will make those who stay the envy of those who return." - Speech by Alexander the Great

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rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) With a history steeped in the writings of Homer, The Greek lives were filled with the range of human emotion, tragedy and triumph. rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) With a prime location on the sea, the Greeks prospered with trade in the Mediterranean.  Without the burdens of agricultural, the Greeks were free to pursue leisure time.  Above, bull jumping.  These spectator sports set the stage for the Olympics. rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Greek society was structured around an Acropolis, a defensive, religious and administrative plateau of land in the center of the city-state.
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rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) The Greeks are best known for their architectural legacy, particularly the columns and the pediment, features found in nearly every civic building in America. Above, The Parthenon. rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Like the architecture, the art of Greece celebrated the human form.  Here, Discobolos, caught at the moment he is about to swing a release the disc, is in ideal form, perfect in proportion, shape and detail. rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) The greatest of the Greek democratic leaders was Pericles, an Athenian reformer who, like Solon and Cleisthenes before him, brought rights and privileges into the hands of the many.
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rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) The great menace to Athens was Sparta, a military society that valued physical abilities over mental prowess.  Sparta, isolated in the mountains, built their culture around discipline and obedience. rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) When Athens and Sparta drained each others resources in the Peloponnesian Wars, a young Macedonian saw his chance to conquer order to save it. rt_arrow.jpg (780 bytes) Tutored by Aristotle, Alexander appreciated the Greek ways and sought to preserve it from destruction at the hands of the Persians, an enemy of both Greece and the Macedonians.

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