Lesson: Ancient Greece

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Discover Ancient Greece, a civilization from the 12th–9th centuries BC to AD 600, influencing Western civilization. Explore our English learning resource, where you can listen and read about the Greek city-states, Alexander the Great, and the Hellenistic period. Engage in language exercises, delving into the roots of Western culture.

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Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece

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What is the article about?

Ancient Greece

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Ancient Greece was a northeastern Mediterranean civilization, existing from the Greek Dark Ages of the 12th–9th centuries BC to the end of classical antiquity (c. AD 600), that comprised a loose collection of culturally and linguistically related city-states and other territories — unified only once, for 13 years, under Alexander the Great's empire (336-323 BC). Following the Classical period was the Hellenistic period (323–146 BC), during which Greek culture and power expanded into the Near and Middle East from the death of Alexander until the Roman conquest.

The Greek peninsula came under Roman rule during the 146 BC conquest of Greece after the Battle of Corinth. Roman Greece is usually counted from the Roman victory over the Corinthians to the establishment of Byzantium by Constantine as the capital of the Roman Empire in AD 330. The Byzantine Empire inherited Classical Greek-Hellenistic culture directly, and the preservation of classical Greek learning in medieval Byzantine tradition further
exerted a strong influence on the Islamic Golden Age and the Western European Renaissance.

Classical Greek culture, especially philosophy, had a powerful influence on ancient Rome, which carried a version of it throughout the Mediterranean and much of Europe. For this reason, Classical Greece is generally considered the cradle of Western civilization, the seminal culture from which the modern West derives many of its founding archetypes and ideas in politics, philosophy, science, and art.

Ancient Greece consisted of several hundred relatively independent city-states ( poleis). Athens fell under a tyranny in the second half of the 6th century BC. When this tyranny was ended, the Athenians founded the world's first democracy as a radical solution to prevent the aristocracy regaining power.

The ancient Greeks also made important discoveries in the medical field. Hippocrates was a physician of the Classical period, and is referred to as the "father of medicine" in recognition of his lasting contributions to the field as the founder of the Hippocratic school of medicine. This intellectual school revolutionized medicine in Ancient Greece, establishing it as a discipline distinct from other fields and thus making medicine a profession.

 

Vocabulary: 

tyranny - absolute control from someone

Thus - therefore

Philosophy - the moral ideas of someone

loose collection - a group of things that are connected in a cmall way

Medieval - a time in European history of around 500 AD to 1500,

inherited - to become the owner of something after someone dies

conquest - to take over an area of land

Discipline - to work hard at something and follow the rules

aristocracy - a royal family

Archetypes - the ideal version of something

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According to the first paragraph, Greece _____.

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What does the article say about the Byzantine Empire?

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What can be inferred about classical Greek Culture?

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Which is a reason for the Athenians founding the world's first democracy?

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Fill in the gaps: tyranny, conquest, thus, archetypes, medieval, discipline, loose collection, philosophy, inherited

Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece was a northeastern Mediterranean civilization, existing from the Greek Dark Ages of the 12th–9th centuries BC to the end of classical antiquity (c. AD 600), that comprised a n of culturally and linguistically related city-states and other territories — unified only once, for 13 years, under Alexander the Great's empire (336-323 BC). Following the Classical period was the Hellenistic period (323–146 BC), during which Greek culture and power expanded into the Near and Middle East from the death of Alexander until the Roman .

The Greek peninsula came under Roman rule during the 146 BC conquest of Greece after the Battle of Corinth. Roman Greece is usually counted from the Roman victory over the Corinthians to the establishment of Byzantium by Constantine as the capital of the Roman Empire in AD 330. The Byzantine Empire Classical Greek-Hellenistic culture directly, and the preservation of classical Greek learning in  Byzantine tradition further
exerted a strong influence on the Islamic Golden Age and the Western European Renaissance.

Classical Greek culture, especially , had a powerful influence on ancient Rome, which carried a version of it throughout the Mediterranean and much of Europe. For this reason, Classical Greece is generally considered the cradle of Western civilization, the seminal culture from which the modern West derives many of its founding  and ideas in politics, philosophy, science, and art.

Ancient Greece consisted of several hundred relatively independent city-states ( poleis). Athens fell under a in the second half of the 6th century BC. When this tyranny was ended, the Athenians founded the world's first democracy as a radical solution to prevent the regaining power.

The ancient Greeks also made important discoveries in the medical field. Hippocrates was a physician of the Classical period, and is referred to as the "father of medicine" in recognition of his lasting contributions to the field as the founder of the Hippocratic school of medicine. This intellectual school revolutionized medicine in Ancient Greece, establishing it as a  distinct from other fields and  making medicine a profession.

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