Rick said the History of ancient Greece should be subtitled “making order out of chaos”.  700 BC waring tribes experiment with democratic government and form self-governing city-states within two centuries are a united community and form the center of the civilized world.  The Golden Age (500 to 430 BC) is the guide for for all of Western civilization with democracy, theater, literature, mathematics, philosophy, science, art and architecture.  All invented by a single generation of Greeks in a small town of about 80,000 citizens.  That is a WOW!

                           An Elgin Marble from Parthenon in Athens Greece

British Museum Greece
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