GREEK CIVILIZATION AND THE RISE OF THE POLIS
I am currently developing a series of topics and presentations on early Greek civilization and the rise of the polis for students enrolled in our European Studies program.
In Greek, a polis is generally understood as meaning ‘city-state’, ‘citizens’, or ‘community’. In contemporary intellectual circles, the term may represent an ancient Athenian devotion to freedom of choice, collective citizenship, and democratic principles.
Rise of the Polis
The rise of the polis personifies the dawn of the world’s first-ever democracy, a concept manifest in English terms, such as ‘policy’, ‘political’, and ‘police’, as well as globally-recognized place names, such as Indianapolis, Naples, and Tripoli.
Join me as I develop this web page and explore the legacy of Athenian democracy and philosophy – a series of historical events and places which profoundly shaped the world we live in today.
This page is intended to support my university presentation on ancient Greek civilization. Development of this page is ongoing, with short stories, photo albums and videos forthcoming.
Five archaeological sites
Based on five key archaeological sites we visited in July, 2019, I hope you will enjoy the images and videos posted below.
- The Acropolis of Athens
- Island of Aegina and Temple of Aphaia
- Cape Sounio and Temple of Poseidon
- Oracle of Delphi and Temple of Apollo
- Mycenae Archaeological Site and Mycenaean Civilization
Comments and suggestions are welcome.
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THE ACROPOLIS OF ATHENS
In our short video, filmed and photographed during a single afternoon at the Acropolis of Athens, we visited The Temple of Athena Nike, The Propylaea, The Parthenon, The Erechtheion, Temple of Olympia Zeus, The Theatre of Dionysus, and the new world-class Acropolis Museum, Bookstore, and Café for lunch.
We sure wish we had more time at the Acropolis, but with our limited budget, and just four days in Greece, we were runnin’ and gunnin’.
Acropolis of Athens, Greece
ISLAND OF AEGINA AND THE TEMPLE OF APHAIA
Island of Aegina and the Temple of Aphaia
CAPE SOUNION AND THE TEMPLE OF POSEIDON
210,000-year-old Homo sapien skull bone discovered in Greece | Apidima Cave, Mani Peninsula, Peloponnese | Nature Science Journal
July 10, 2019 | Nature | International Journal of Science | “Apidima Cave fossils provide earliest evidence of Homo sapiens in Eurasia“
Credit | Lead author | Paleoanthropologist, Katerina Harvati | Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
Greece and Asia Minor documentary film page
Featuring 30 documentary films of interest on ancient Greece, Turkey, and the civilizations of the Eastern Mediterranean.
Thank you for visiting my Greece Learning Adventure page.
I hope you enjoy the photos, videos, and the information in the links provided. If you feel motivated to learn more about Greece or other Learning Adventures, or would like to arrange for me to give a public talk, please let me know – I’d love to hear from you.
Acknowledgment | Prof. Donald Kagan | Yale Lectures
My research has been greatly influenced by the works of Prof. Donald Kagan (1932-2021), having reviewed his books and lectures prior to visiting archaeological sites in Greece.