What is the influence of Ancient Greece on Western civilisation?

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This is a big question to answer, so I have included a few links below to help you out and to enable you to investigate this question further. It is generally accepted, however, that the cultural advances that occurred during the Greek civilisation were adopted by the Romans and then in turn became the cornerstone of Western civilisation as we know it today. You only have to look at the advances that were made in philosophy, science, art and culture and government to see how so many principles of our lives today are based on Greek culture. For example, many critics argue that the philosophical approach that resulted in the Enlightenment can be traced back to Greek philosophy. The important place that Greek epics such as The Iliad and The Odyssey occupy in the canon of literature helped form literature as we know it today. Advances in mathematics, astronomy and medicine again helped shaped our understanding of science, and we still use so many of the scientific discoveries and breakthroughs that occurred at the time of Ancient Greece as the basis of our scientific thought today. Even the Hippocratic Oath that is so important to medical practitioners today emerged from this time period. In short, so much of who we are and what we are is based on this time period that is so distant to us, and yet so foundational.

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