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Eternal Prominence The Impact of Ancient Greece In the eighth century BC a revolutionary force embarked on a cultural conquest that would change the western world forever Greece was conceived a lustrous gem in a world dominated by routine and rigid conformity Egypt renowned up to that point as the pinnacle of civilization cast a bleak outlook on life shared by most of the World Obsessed with death and the suppression of the human spirit humanity was chained under the guise of congruity Edith Hamilton illustrates the eminent flowering of society while Egypt submittedand turned her face toward death Greece resisted and rejoiced and turned full face to life Hamilton 22 This newfound enthusiasm sparked a fire inextinguishable by the passage of time Hamilton revels The thought of the Greeks has penetrated everywhere their style the way they write Hamilton 45 Thucydides describes the Greeks as lovers of beauty without having lost the taste for simplicity and lovers of wisdom without manly vigor Hamilton 66 With this passion for aesthetics the Greeks sent art and literature into new dimensions their inherent wisdom plunged them into the depths of the human mind and an exuberant quest for knowledge led the Greeks to revolutionary ideas in almost every field of science These three aspects of Greek life take root and expand throughout the pages of history To put it simply The Greeks came into the world explains Hamilton and the world as we know it began Hamilton 21 The methods of scientific investigation found their roots among the ancient Greeks The Greeks by the time of Aristotle writes Spielgovel had already established an important principle of investigation empirical research Spielgovel 106 Even today this method is the premier tool of scientific inquiries and research Like most people of his time Aristotles inquiries delved into a number of subjects He made lasting contributions in astronomy was essentially the first biologist and even dabbled in psychology with his Treatises
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