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Greek’s Contribution To Modern Day Society

Greek’s contribution to the development of civilization in the west

Have you ever wondered who invented geometry, all those theorems and postulates; over a hundred to remember? Why couldn’t they just make it simple and get rid of the useless postulates and theorems? Should we just get rid of them? Well then we would be arguing with the greatest ancient civilization before Rome; Greece. One person might say, “Who cares? They are long gone; that was over 2000 years ago.” Actually, many people care, people come from all around to look at our nation’s capital building and The White House, both of which were built with Greco-Roman architecture. The same style used by the Greeks who originally used it. Now, if the geometry theorems go then we must also get rid of the white house because it has some Greek aspects to it, we wouldn’t want to be hypocrites, would we? The truth that many people don’t know is that Greece had a major impact on the development of western civilization.

The Greeks made gigantic leaps in the fields of math science, and medicine, some of their ideas still hold true today. Ok, back to those theorems. All those math students out there should know that the man behind the geometrical madness is a man by the name of Euclid, living around the time of 300 B.C. One of his most basic theorems was this one, recovered from his book, Elements, “Proposition 15, THEOREM: If two straight lines cut on another, the vertical, or opposite, angles shall be equal.” (Elements, Euclid, 300 B.C.) That specific book, Elements was used in universities all the way until about the 1900’s. That’s a long time for a book to go unchanged, no one could have stated his theorems better, or rewrite his lessons. He is the father of geometry and no once can take that away from him. So if you’re stuck on geometry and need another source, look up Euclid, he will set you straight. Another great man of the mathematics and sciences was Hippocrates, not to be confused with the word hypocrite. This man was one of medicine, the first “doctor” if you will. He was revolutionary in his techniques of healing; he used science to help people with stomachaches, earaches, toothaches, and some sicknesses. This great man lives from around 460 B.C. to 377 B.C. the reason I said he was quite the opposite of a hypocrite was the fast that he created an oath that he and all his pupils had to take before practicing medicine, “I will follow that treatment which, according to my ability and judgment, I will consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is harmful. I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked nor suggest any such advice…” (Excerpt from the Hippocratic Oath, Hippocrates.) As you can clearly see, he was a man of truth, for there are no loopholes in his oath. He practiced medicine for the good of his patients; he was a man of honor. So what, he made an oath, what is big deal? It wouldn’t be such a big deal, but the fact that every licensed doctor today must have been able to recite this oath, so next time you visit the doctor, ask him about it, see if he still knows it. This is no reflection on the doctor if they don’t know it; trust your doctors.

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  1. nina

    On October 8, 2007 at 12:17 am

    I thought this was really great, it helped a lot!
    I take geometry and I wondered why we had to learn all those pointless theorums and postulates and I wished the person who discovered them didn’t! But now I realize that they’re important and I understand that Euclid was a very smart man, because everybody would be aruguing over stuff like that. I’m glad i read this. Thank you.

  2. blah blah

    On November 25, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    this was alright but you should really expand on the agriculture and actual inventions and contributions that the greeks made. thanks.

  3. emily

    On December 18, 2007 at 10:14 pm

    you should talk about the values that they have passed on to us.

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    On March 13, 2008 at 2:54 pm

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    On October 12, 2008 at 12:45 pm

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  6. starz

    On October 12, 2008 at 2:14 pm

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  7. Mageschaos3

    On October 13, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Um i also take geometry but i never wondered who or what invented them cuz idc i just learn…i do pseudo listening in class and just do HW at home cuz ik it ^_^. But nice article really made me stop and think for 48sec. THanks good job

  8. Spagett

    On October 19, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    thanx man! that helps my world history report A crapload

  9. LeahCappozi

    On December 9, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    this is rly helpful for my history essay…on the major greek contributions…

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    On January 16, 2009 at 1:23 pm

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    On January 16, 2009 at 1:28 pm

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  14. edgar

    On February 22, 2009 at 8:15 pm

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  15. william

    On February 26, 2009 at 10:48 am

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  16. barrack obama

    On February 26, 2009 at 10:09 pm

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    On February 27, 2009 at 11:43 pm

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    On March 16, 2009 at 1:28 am

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  19. hi ho

    On March 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    thanks! but please be more specific on the contributions such as democracy. This helped lots!

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    On April 6, 2009 at 7:59 pm

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    On April 16, 2009 at 7:42 pm

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    On April 27, 2009 at 2:36 pm

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    On June 23, 2009 at 10:50 am

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    On December 12, 2009 at 1:19 am

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  28. the unknown lol

    On December 31, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    u need 2 put more specific ideas, details,things. anyways u didn’t answer my question!!!!!!!! but i guess u helped alot thanx =)

  29. Tyler

    On April 14, 2010 at 3:17 pm

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  30. Marty Brenai

    On May 2, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Yeah, it was okay
    Personally, however i think that it neede to expand more in greek agriculture. Like for example, the greek worl believed in Zeus and many other greek gods that really impacted on our modern world today.
    However, ood try- it was a interesting topic.
    Oh and in cas you were wondering who i was, i am a professer from Griffith university. I am using this article as a example of what should be in the essay and what shouldnt be so they can compare it to their essays/articles to others.
    Oh, and i am glad you mentioned aristotle- I am a great fan of him. He is a philisophical genius.

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    On May 2, 2010 at 6:21 am

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  32. Twiste with the E

    On May 2, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Oh, my god
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    who is this professer dude, he seems a bit snotty and up himself
    actually im his student, he just emailed me a link to this article
    dont worry dude, he dont know anything
    i know, i always get A+, i get upset if i just get an A
    so I know, i know everything

  33. charlie

    On May 2, 2010 at 6:26 am

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  34. mike

    On September 15, 2010 at 11:44 am

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