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7.8: Conclusion

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  • "Classical Greece" is important historically because of what people thought as much as what they did. What the Greeks of the Classical Age deserve credit for is an intellectual culture that resulted in remarkable innovations: humanistic art, literature, and a new focus on the rational mind's ability to learn about nature and to improve politics and social organization. What the Greeks had never done, however, was spread that culture and those beliefs to non-Greeks, both because of the Greek belief in their own superiority and their relative weakness in the face of great empires like Persia. That would change with the rise of a dynasty from the most northern part of Greece itself: Macedonia, and its king: Alexander.

    Image Citations (Wikimedia Commons):

    Symposium - Marie-Lan Nguyen

    Theater - Carole Raddato

    Herodotus map - Bibi Saint-Pol

    Socrates - Eric Gaba

    Parthenon - Harrieta171

    Statue - Usuario Barcex

    Quote:

    Demosthenes: Victor Bers, Demosthenes, Speeches 50–59, University of Texas Press (2003)

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