Search

Tags

What's New

17Mar

Ancient Greece is not just ancient history

| Return |

5 Things That Ancient Greece Has Contributed to Modern Culture

The legacy of this classical culture has had a significant influence on culture today, from athletic spectacles such as the Olympics to the storytelling structure of Hollywood films. Even if someone has never read a single scroll by Plato or Aristotle, they have most likely encountered one of the many ways that ancient Greece remains a presence in contemporary life.

Olympics and International Sports

Every four years in ancient Greece, rival city-states entered into a formal armistice, setting aside political intrigue, legal disputes and weapons of war to send their best athletes to the Olympic Games. Although the original tradition of the Olympics died out in the 5th century A.D., the ideal of a sports competition that would bring nations together inspired the revival of the Olympic Games in 1896.

Mythology

The pagan religion of the ancient Greeks may no longer be the established faith of the Aegean peninsula, but references to the legends of its gods and heroes continue to pervade our own culture. Common expressions such as "Pandora's box," "harpy" and "Herculean" are among the many modern-day references to ancient Greek mythology. Its influence can also be detected in a more oblique way; for instance, a number of commentators have observed that modern comic book superheroes bear the stamp of Greek myth.

Dramatic Structure

In his "Poetics," the 4th-century B.C. philosopher Aristotle observed that plays in the genre of tragedy tended to follow a recurring pattern: the story has a beginning, middle and end, with more complex plots involving some form of reversal, crisis and resolution. Aristotle's breakdown of ancient Greek tragedy has provided a ready-made template for contemporary screenwriters, not to mention screenwriting instructors.

To read this article in full, please visit: classroom.synonym.com

Related

Summer School in Ancient Technology

Summer School in Ancient Technology

A Summer School by International Hellenic University.

Read More >
Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Epirus

Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Epirus

Read useful information about the Institute. Included: Studies & Erasmus Guide

Read More >
E-Learning University of Athens| Online Courses | Arts & Culture

E-Learning University of Athens| Online Courses | Arts & Culture

Admirer of Ancient Greek Culture, Art Enthusiast or Interested in the foundations of Modern Western ...

Read More >
Master of Technology & Innovation Management (MTIM)

Master of Technology & Innovation Management (MTIM)

MTIM is a one-year intensive interdisciplinary MSc program offered by the Technical University of Cr...

Read More >
MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability

MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability

The School of Economics, Business Administration and Legal Studies of the International Hellenic Un...

Read More >
MSC IN GREEK & EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN ARCHAEOLOGY

MSC IN GREEK & EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN ARCHAEOLOGY

A one-year Master’s program taught in English by National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, De...

Read More >

Newsletter

Photos by Freepik