4 separate questions to be asked. Given a page each. Number of references is not critical. Please keep separate and follow prompt when answering question. Some may require a little more and some a little less..
Each 1/2 to 3/4 page long and all kept separate.
1.What made the Greek
civilization so great? What made the Greeks
Choose one contribution of the Greek
civilization that you think was the greatest achievement, one that made them stand out from other civilizations studied thus far.
Explain why you think that contribution was so special.
2. WAS GREECE THE “FIRST” WESTERN CIVILIZATION
Some have argued, that Western Civilization, in the sense that it saw itself as different from "the East" truly began with the Greeks
. Herodotus himself contrasted the West as representing freedom, and the East as representing oppression. What do you think provide reasons
Would you agree with this argument (that Western Civilization truly began with the Greeks
)? Why or why not? Please give examples to support your ideas. You should post more than once-- so feel free to support or argue against other posts politely
3. BACKGROUND Imagine that we are in classical Greece, attendees of a great banquet held in Olympia, after a day of watching the games. The host has invited people from all different parts of Greece to take part-- Athenians, Spartans, Thebens, Cretens, etc have all attended (you may choose which city state you are from). After the meal is concluded, some of the guests (us) have stayed behind to engage in philosophical discussion. You are free to draw on Plato, Aristotle, or Socrates, or other classical Greek
philosophy in support of your arguments (any good Greek
intellectual would know their works by heart, but you can use the internet to do your own research).
Keep in mind, your "character" would only have the knowledge available to a person of the ancient Greek
world. Using modern ideas would not be appropriate for this forum. When you post, please identify which city state your "character" is from, and keep that in mind when you decide what you are going to say.
QUESTION TO BE ANSWERED During the evening, the host of the banquet, puts up the following topics for discussion:
Is man by nature, altruistic and honest?
Is Democracy the best form of government?
Is the world around us "real" or are we all just "shadows" in some great cosmic dream?
4. What do the myths of ancient Greece tell us about ancient Greek
culture? Please give some specific example
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