Golden Age Thematic Essay

Theme:   Culture and Intellectual Life

                Throughout Global History, political conditions in some civilizations have 
                produced  "Golden Ages."


             *  Define the term "Golden Age" and identify some of the major characteristics of a 
                Golden Age.
             *  Select TWO civilizations that have experienced a Golden Age.  Give specific political,
                economic, and other examples to show why the time chosen is considered such a 
                memorable one in that civilization's history.

          You may discuss any Golden Ages that you have studied.  Some you may wish to
consider include Gupta India, T'ang China, the Carolingian Renaissance, the European
High Middle Ages, Harun al-Rashid's Baghdad, the Ummayad Caliphate at Cordova,
Heian Japan, or the Italian Renaissance.

                                              You are NOT limited to these suggestions!


WARNINGS --> Do NOT plagiarize from your textbook or from any other sources!  Use
                        imbedded references  within the essay.  Use the same format as that
                        required in a DBQ essay.

                                                           DUE DATE --> Monday, June 4, 2001

Essay about The Golden Age of Athens

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In 400 B.C, The Athenian civilization experienced a golden age. The Athens experienced a great amount of peace and prosperity due to their contact and trade with others, and rare warring. During this time, ideas and philosophies were produced. These ideas influenced western civilizations in the areas of politics, science, art and architecture. The Government of the Athenian people had a large impact on western civilizations. In document three, Pericles states his beliefs about democracy. Pericles states that he believes all men that have the opportunity to take a part in their government should. America, a western civilization was greatly influenced by the Greek government. First of all, everyone has the opportunity to vote or to take…show more content…

Today in America our medical system is similar. Doctors so whatever they can to help and patient and would never try to harm them. Another contribution to science was mathematics. A great contribution to mathematics can be seen in document five. Euclid made the discovery that vertical angles are equal. In America, this, along with many other mathematic discoveries is used every day in middle school and high school classes. Lastly, the Athenians were very philosophical. Thry questioned their own ideas and the ideas of others. This has been passed on to American society today. Scientists are constantly questioning their own theories and trying to find new answers. As you can see, Athenian science had a huge influence on western civilization. In addition to Politics and Science, Art and Architecture from Greece influenced Western civilization. The Athenians built many important building using long structures called columns, such as in the Parthenon (seen in document seven). These can be seen in many buildings across America, such as the Stock exchange and the Lincoln memorial. Another example of Athenian Art was the Olympics. You can see in document eight that the Greeks valued sports and were very athletic. This contribution still exists today all over the globe. Sports are very important to people of all

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