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Department
Arts and Contemporary Studies
Course Code
ACS 103
Professor
Ron Babin

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CLCV Lecture 1 10/3/2012 3:23:00 PM
What is Greek, the Greeks and Greek civilization
Greeks call themselves Hellenes not Greeks
There is no collation in the contemporary Greek mind basically Greece and the Greeks
are wherever in the genial area of the eastern and central Mediterranean where there
are a significant number of Greeks in control of the locale they are living in effect.
Greece is where the Greeks are and where Greek culture is predominant
Who is a Greek?
-Someone who spoke Greek
-Whose culture was essentially Greek?
-Who institutions were recognized as being Greek
Not only did the Greeks regard everyone else as barbarians they saw them as slaves to
them and inferior
They saw it as a natural law that Greeks would be master and everyone would be the
slaves, every barbarian was rotationally slaves to the Greeks
Mediterranean sea=middle of the world
Greeks considered themselves the master race
The Mycenaean’s left written tablets
Mycenaean’s civilization called this because they were at a place called mycena
Greeks was not united after the clasped until Alexander the great united a bit and that’s
when political Greece started to emerge
When Romans look at Greece they tended to look at it through Athens
Athens even in the classical world positioned itself and considered itself the cultural
and artistic centre
The idealized picture that we get of the Greeks is of both Greek and roman classical
The Greeks saw themselves as isolated in a world of barbarism and savages
The flow of idea was always from the east to the west
In the classical period Greek cave was unique and the Greeks actually took what they
have learned from other civilizations and developed it and created something out of it
that was unique which one could argue was greater than before
City’s urban civilization why so important understanding Greeks and their culture
The Greeks identified there civilization to a Greek living in a city was an indication of
ones civilized nature if you didn’t live in a city you weren’t civilized marshaled
everything necessary for politics , economic, religious and scientific to a Greek
All characteristics of civilization developed in cities

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a certain size and density of a city would have to have public works some buildings
owned by community it owned by a individual within the city which implied some kind
of adminstration within a society
there had to be existense of class grpupings and some sort of writing or recording
keeping within citys
citys stored enough food supplies to ensure they could last during when food was not
growing
the general view was that the earliest protocitys most famous was jerico the general
theory coming from is that farmers got together close to a water source, a spring or a
river then the communities developed
they did this for defensive reasons as well as to enable the population to mover water to
fields
earliest cities were not isolated
controlled socities they are disposed by the rulers of the citys
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