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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Greek as Pioneer of Civilization

This is a reaction on the film entitled "Greeks, Crucible of Civilization."
Why crucible? I had to consult Mr. Webster first what the word means before I got the point why Greece is dubbed as crucible of civilization.
Famous Greek philosophers came about then. Their philosophies changed the traditions and the misconceptions of ancient people. For instance, Xenophanes refuted what is written in the Bible. He said that “Man creates God in his own image,” which implies that this is the reason why various religions sprouted. In addition, Socrates, one of the greatest philosophers, said that people are to be governed by morality. He uttered a lot of maxims that are, indeed, for the betterment of one’s self.
Democracy was also born during antiquity. People were given equal chances of voicing out their opinions; thus, they already had freedom of speech.
Stoicism and the concept of truth are some of the other philosophies breathed into existence by the Greeks.
Furthermore, Greeks had various inventions and theories. They had artistic pottery, for example. There were jars and vases painted with images of people in black silhouette working, wrestling, making music, and other activities. Also, they were able to produce sculptures of humans, building with pillars, and some mathematical theories and paradoxes.
Also, drama and theatre were developed by the Greeks. During this time, there were tragedies and comedies staged before a crowd. Some of the playwrights were Sophocles and Euripides. Their plays are considered as classical today.
Additionally, the practice of politics arose. The philosophies and theories produced by them were put into practice most especially Plato’s and Aristotle’s.
Indeed, the Greeks are more than a crucible; they are pioneers of civilization. Imagine the world without politics or democracy. It would be chaotic. Hence, the Greeks should be credited for all the contributions they made in the civilization of the mankind.■

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