"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.
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.