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Extraordinary civilization by the Greeks
The Greeks occupy a distinctive place in the development of western culture and the identity of the Western society. Much of the standards and the values esteemed in the modern culture are derived from the Greeks, including epic poetry, democracy, tragedy, lyric poetry, philosophy, history writing, and aesthetic taste. All these values among many other aspects of culture entered the West from the Greeks. This paper will explore whether extraordinary civilization of the Greeks can be explained on the basis of some kind of Greek spirit. The paper will also explore whether – as opposed to the Greek spirit, the Geographical factors surrounding the Greek. Other areas to be explored include, whether Greek civilizations could be regarded as superior to Near Eastern civilization or merely different from it. Lastly, the paper will evaluate the place of Greek civilization in the context developed.
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