The Golden Age of Greece

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The Golden Age of Greece

Greece is a country with an abundant history more commonly known as the Golden Age of Greece or the Iron Age. The Iron Age began in the year 1000 BCE in Athens. The History of Greece is naturally separated into three periods each marked by its own distinctive artistic achievement. Some of the most famous pieces of literature were created during the first three hundred years of Greece such as the Iliad, and the Odyssey, and because these stories are based on heroic characters it caused the Iron Age to also be known as the Heroic Age. As travelers and merchants began to explore the east and the west and populating those areas it caused this time to become known as the Age of Colonization. The third period of Greece is known as the archaic period.

Greece is unique in their views of religion because of their development of Greek mythology. They created their own deities and turned to them for answers. Much of the Greek mythology is based upon different versions of folk tails. The Greeks would turn to their gods for answers instead of prayer as their means of discovering solutions. The Greeks also developed some of the most famous epics thanks to Homer, such as the Iliad and the Odyssey. The Iliad takes place during the final years of the Greeks’ siege of Troy. There is a universal message in the Iliad that states that we are responsible for our selves and our actions and how the consequences might affect us, or the ones we love. The Odyssey however, is a bit of a different story. It is a tale about the Greeks hero Odysseus and his journey home from the war with Troy. The Iliad and the Odyssey helped to from the foundation for education and culture in Greek society.

The Greeks also had a great respect for art and incorporated it into their everyday lives. Much of their painting was on pottery, specifically vases. In the beginning when the artistic style was just developing it consisted mainly of concentric circles and semicircles....
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