The Creation of Greek Identity- Who Were The Greeks?

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History 301 FINAL ESSAY: This 5 page double-spaced essay with citations discusses what exactly it means to be "Greek." Factors such as geography, art, language, literature, and athletics are considered.

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Taylor 1The Creation of Greek IdentityWho were the Greeks? is a question that is consistently grappled with, even thousandsof years after the peak of ancient Greek dominance in the Mediterranean World. Ancient Greeceis historically a fractured entity, resulting from the organization of the land into smallindependent kingdoms and city-states, and a divisive mountainous geographic terrain. Yet,today we refer to the Greeks as a single entity. Paul Cartledge argues that their identity can beclassified in several different ways, depending on context and approach.1 According to hisargument in Peoples: Who Were The Greeks?, the answer may be found in the categorization ofracial type, a language group, or a shared culture amongst those who inhabited the Greek world.Isolating a single common factor that unifies all of Greece may always seem like a daunting task,but if we further consider the prospect of a common culture, we should consider exactly how itwas influenced and developed.With sights set on art, it can be argued that the periphery, with its foreign influences,launched the foundations of the longstanding Greek civilization. However, it is vital to note thatseveral essential aspects of ancient Greek culture arose from the center, and not the periphery,such as literature and the ancient Olympic games, which continue to affect cultures to this day.As the Greeks began to recover from the Dark Ages (1200-800 BCE,) they expandedtheir sphere of trade to
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