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The Greek civilization was the first European civilization At this point in time religion is not prevalent or influential The European religion was borrowed from the Middle East There are two main contributions from the Greek civilization They were politics and secular Polis the Greek word for city state is where politics came from They had modern politics with the first democracy It was divided into city-states that rule themselves in a democratic fashion With this they have the majority vote Secular was the non-religious way of looking at things It was based on assumptions that human beings can use their own mental power to grasp the world they are living in The first two Greek civilizations were the Minoan civilization and the Mycenaean civilization The Minoan civilization was the Island of Crete This civilization was a very peaceful one surrounded by water It was advanced in the fields of architecture art and indoor plumbing It had no military fortification with not too many weapons No one knows why it disappeared The Mycenaean civilization arouse on the Greek mainland The inhabitants of this were not natives of Greece It was not a unified civilization that was composed of independent city-states It was an uncultured and illiterate civilization that was always fighting The priests did not exercise a huge amount of power The next thing that happened to Greece was the Dark Ages This is when the Minoans disappeared and the Mycenaeans entered a period of deep decline No one could write and all achievements are wiped out Very little is known of this time in history Then the Renaissance came about which recovered the ability to write It was a very artistic period At this time the Classical Greek Ages began and it set standards and styles Classical Greece was independent and self-governed by a direct democracy This works because the population is low The citizenship is a restricted privilege to the wealthy Male homosexuality
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