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Greek Literature

A Social Studies Project on Greek Literature

Parsa Khorasanizadeh

on 9 March 2011

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Transcript of Greek Literature

GREEK LITERATURE Did you know that Ancient Greek literature was the base for modern Greek, Latin, and Cyrillic? Also: Grammar, Punctiation,
and Paragraphing! But where did it all start? Around 13oo B.C. AT THE
LATEST the Greeks start to
speak Greek. In Greece, of
course! Then, with the fall of
the Myceneans literacy was lost
for over 400 years! Imagine That! Then, ...In the early 8th century B.C. the Greeks adapted
the Phoenican alphabet to their own language It had 16 consenants and 7 vowels. This made the
greek language MUCH more flexible. WHEN LITERATURE CAME BACK BUT STILL... No more than 30%
of greeks were
literate at one time With this, Athens had
the highest amount of
literate people, ...while Sparta had the
most IL-LITERATE people Also, there were'nt
many literate woman. There were 5
types of literacy in
Ancient Greece Epic Poems Tragedy and Comedy Historical Records And Philosophy EPIC
POEMS An Epic Poem was a long poem - written in verse- that that told the story of a hero.
The most famous is the Iliad and the Odyssey by the blind poet Homer in the 9th century B.C. Comedys
Tragedys These were more for acting out in a play. Tragedies were sad and Comedies were funny. Some famous Tragedys were made by Aescalyus in the 500 B.C.'s, and Sophocles in the 450 B.C.'s, and Euripides in the 425 B.C.'s.
Some famous comedy writers were Aristophanes in the 425 B.C.'s, and Menander in the 350 B.C.'s. These plays were written in verse, like poems. Historical
Writing First of all, Historical writing was eigther writing about the Greeks' past of just keeping records of important dates. Second thing to know is that Herodotus is and was the father of history. Herodotus tried to explain and dicover the true past. Herodotus wrote about the Persian wars in 450 B.C. Thucydides was the second historian. He recorded the Peloponesian wars in 400 B.C. After the Peloponesian wars, Xenophon wrote about his adventures as a Persian mercenary. And after the Roman takeover, Polypius wrote about the history of Rome. (In Greek). Philosophy Philosophy is the study of the fundemental nature of knowlege, reality, and existance. Philosophy started off as Thales in 600 B.C. Thales was concerned in science and dream theories. Some famous philosophers: Socrates, Aristole, Plato, and Pythagoros.
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Garland, Robert. Daily Life of the Ancient Greeks. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2009. Print. Think about it, if there was no literature, we would never be as far as we are today.No video games, business, money, games, or movies!
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