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  • Successive Centuries Of Greek Writing
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    Greek Literature GREEK LITERATURE. The great British philosopher-mathematician Alfred North Whitehead once commented that all philosophy is but a footnote to Plato. A similar point can be made regarding Greek literature as a whole. Over a period of more than ten centuries, the ancient Greeks created a literature of such brilliance that it has rarely been equaled and never surpassed. In poetry, tragedy, comedy, and history, Greek writers created masterpieces that have inspired, influenced, and ch...
  • Croesus Being A Foreigner
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    According to Herodotus, Croesus was the first non greek to come into contact with the Greeks:" He was the first foreigner, so far as we know to come in direct contact with the Greeks, both in the way of conquest and alliance " Although this statement is unlikely to be true, the significance of Croesus not being Greek is obviously very high. Herodotus tells moral stories using historical figures, Croesus being one of them. For example, the story of him and Solon, which is almost certainly untrue ...
  • Why Western History Matters By Donald Kagan
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    Keith Fowler 12 December, 1999 English 101 Critical Analysis for "Why Western History Matters" by Donald Kagan "Why Western History Matters" is an essay adapted from a speech Donald Kagan delivered to the National Association of Scholars, and was reprinted in the December 28, 1994, issue of the Wall Street Journal. Throughout Kagan's essay, he describes the essential need for the college course, Western History. He does so by examining older cultures and explaining why they were quintessential t...
  • Contact Between Ancient Greeks And Thracians
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    For a long time peace was understood in negative fashion, simply as the absence of war. -Yvon Garland 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 writte...
  • Similar To Ancient Greek Beliefs
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    Genesis vs. Theogony: A Comparison of the Christian and Ancient Greek Cultures Most Christians (or those religions that follow the basic principles of the Bible) believe in the stories told in the Bible. In fact, these stories are usually regarded not only as mere stories, but also as actual historical accounts of important people, events, and concepts of the Christian faith. However, stories of Greek and Roman mythology are typically regarded as nothing more than fictional, fantasy stories. The...
  • Herodotus As A Historian
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    Herodotus was a Greek historian, generally called the Father of History. The work of Herodotus is the oldest surviving major Greek prose and the first history in Western civilization. He was born at Halicarnassus, a Greek state under Persian rule, in southwestern Asia Minor. After a civil war, he left his homeland for good and spent some time in nearby Ionia. Then he traveled widely: as far south as Elephantine in Egypt; eastward into Asia to Babylon; and north to the far coast of the Black Sea....
  • Herodotus A Greek Historian
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    Herodotus (484-424 BC) a Greek historian, known as the father of history, who was the first historian to apply critical evaluation to his material, while also recording divergent opinions. He made his prose style resemble the finest poetry by its persuasiveness, its charm, and its utterly delightful effect. Although his writings have been praised, their trustworthiness has been questioned both in ancient and modern times. After four years in Athens, he traveled widely in Egypt, Asia and the Blac...

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