Looked Over

Ancient Greece
June 11, 2010, 8:00 am
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Today seems like an appropriate day to Geek/Greek out on you because today is not only the 3,194th anniversary of the destruction of Troy, but it’s also the 2,333rd anniversary of the death of Alexander the Great. I think it would be appropriate today to either make a giant horse (preferably out of cake) or conquer all of Eastern Europe/Western Asia. On a side note, Alexander the Great did all that before he was 32 years old. When you kill that many people, you can add “the Great” after your name, and there’s not a whole lot that people can do to stop you. Yeesh.

I could make this a MASSIVE entry since my degree is in Greek and even though I was born in 1986, I think my heart missed the memo and was born about 3,000 years ago. However, I’ll keep with the short entry thing that I’ve been doing and say that Greek culture is EVERYWHERE. Most of our words come from Greek, our government, literary forms and archetypes, and philosophy. In fact, if you were learning how to read and write in the ancient world, Homer was your text book. The Iliad and the Odyssey were SO commonly read that you can find pieces of it in just about every single book written within the empire (including the Bible).

So grab yourself a chalice of good wine, some roasted lamb, and say a quick word of thanks to all the dead Greeks that made your current life possible.


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