Essay on Ancient Greek Vs. Greek Society

1330 Words Nov 12th, 2015 null Page
The Greeks are, for the most part, appropriately admired. Although ancient Greek civilization has negative qualities, the advancements they contributed should not be disregarded. Many positive aspects of Greek life, including politics, art, rationalism, and scientific thought, continue to resonate throughout modern society. The negative components in Greek society were mainly issues regarding equality. There were great divides between genders and between socioeconomic classes. Most characteristics in ancient Greece have been aptly credited and honored, but some negative aspects have been idealized or overlooked.
The United State government built its foundation using many components from Grecian governments of antiquity, especially Athens’. The democratic system in Athens allowed for all male citizens to contribute to the government. This gave the middle and lower classes more influence, instead of the upper class making important decisions for only their benefit. Pericles’ speech, in Thucydides’ The History of the Peloponnesian War: Athens During the Golden Age, given after the first few battles of the Peloponnesian War, invokes pride in the Athenians by emphasizing the strength of the democratic government. By saying “the administration is in the hands of the many and not of the few,” Pericles is highlighting the power and legitimacy of the Athenian government (Thucydides, 38). The developments Greek city-states made regarding governmental structures, especially democracy,…

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