Greek Culture : The Greek Of The Mediterranean Sea And Between Italy And Turkey

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Greek Culture Off the shore to the north of the Mediterranean sea and between Italy and Turkey there is a small country called Greece. This country touches the Aegean sea, the Sea of Crete and the Mediterranean sea. Long ago in Ancient greece it was a place filled with great poverty but was considered the foundation of western civilization. The Greek society was divided into four social classes that was all based on wealth. The wealthier a person was the higher in the classes they would rise. The classes weren 't limited to where a person was stuck in one his whole life but they could fluctuate between classes. In the city of Sparta, if a man finished his education then he would be considered equal to every other man that finished…show more content…
They also were not allowed to go to the theatre or perform in it and men would play the women 's role. Their lives were usually quiet but some women were allowed to be a priestess at a temple. The children would usually spend their days playing with toys and games. Slaves were owned in almost every household including some of the poor ones. They were used as household servants and laborers. Slave owners were not allowed to be cruel and beat or kill their slaves. Also most of them promise that they would become free with time to insure that they would work hard. Once free, slaves became metics and not citizens. Metics included people from other countries or city-states who were allowed to live there. It is said that, “Fully one quarter of the population was made up of slaves, usually prisoners captured during the many clashes that extended Greek influence overseas” ( “Everyday Life” ). Slaves did most of the work in ancient greece, they worked in shipyards, quarries, mines, and as domestic servants. People usually lived in low apartment buildings or in single-family homes depending on how much money a person had. The temples and public buildings were usually situated around the agora which is a public space used for assemblies and markets. Some people lived in small villages on the state’s countryside. It is said that in Athens more people lived outside the city than inside. “It is estimated that from a total population of 400,000 people, 160,000 people lived
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