Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Classical Society

     "Future ages will wonder at us, as the present age wonders at us now", said an Athenian leader to his countrymen when Athens was at the heights of glory. The Greek, a magnificent civilization, flourished over 2,500 years ago in a rocky peninsula of Southern Europe. This civilization was popularly known as 'Classical'. Anything which serves as a model for others and sets standards for future is called as a 'Classic'. Thus, Greece was a model for other cultures during its times of glory. 

     The ancient Greeks set a classic example for excellence. They excelled in various fields such as Arts, Science, Literature, Politics, Philosophy, Architecture, theatre performances, music, etc. They dazzled the then known world with their magnificent achievements. In fact, this civilization has highly influenced the other civilizations such as the Roman and has an enduring effect on the lifestyle of the Europe and the entire world even today. The World's quest for democracy in the 20th and the 21st century is a standing testimony. The 'rule of citizens' or the Direct Democracy (what we would call today) is the legacy of their political system. 

     In fact, their thoughts ands ideals are woven into our modern lives and we owe the ancient Greeks a debt of gratitude for shaping our modern thoughts.