The people of ancient Greece lived nearly 4,000 years ago. Yet even today, their culture impacts our lives! Here are just a few of the gifts we received from the ancient Greeks.
For Kids: Gifts from the Greeks
The ancient Greeks were curious, clever,and creative. They created all kinds of inventions. Some even worked. And some we still use today! They made amazing discoveries and put them to work in the arts, philosophy, science, architecture, medicine, geometry, cartography, and more. When Alexander the Great, emperor of Macedonia, the huge empire to the north of the Greek city-states, conquered the ancient Greeks eons ago, Alexander traveled on with his army and conquered other civilizations. But he loved the ancient Greek culture so much that he carried it with him. He introduced Greek culture to other civilizations everywhere he went, and he went to a lot of places! Two hundred (200) years later, when the ancient Romans conquered the Greeks, the Romans adopted just about all the ancient Greeks gods, goddesses, and mythical beings, along with a great deal of their theatre.
The ancient Greek ideas in science, math, art, and language changed the world. We owe them a great deal.
Trial by Jury - The Ancient Greeks did not invent trial by jury, but they certainly fine tuned it
Greek Myths - Myths we still enjoy today!
See also: Ancient Inventions