The History of Ancient Greece Essay

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Every idea has a start and a history that can be traced back in time. An incredible amount of these ideas and thoughts were started by great ancient civilizations. These ancient civilizations are the base of all modern knowledge. No ancient civilization has contributed more to this base than the civilization of Ancient Greece. The unique ways of ancient Greek agriculture have left a profound influence on the agriculture of today.
Ancient Greek agriculture was the very necessity of the empire. People needed food to work and soldiers needed food to fight, defend, and conquer neighboring empires. Nearly 80% of the Greek population was somehow involved in agricultural practices. In Greece, meat was expensive and available only to the elite.
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They thought that olive trees were linked to Zeus and high quality olive oil was valued by the powerful and wealthy. In the ancient Olympics, winners were given an olive wreath as a prize for winning. In the Olympics held in Athens in 2004, winners received an olive wreath like the winners in the ancient Olympics (The New York Times “Uneasy Lie The Heads Wearing The Wreaths”). The modern Greeks tried to link both the ancient and modern Olympics by honoring the tradition of the olive tree being associated with success and prosperity. The ancient Greeks cured their olives in various ways like dry curing the olives with salt (Greek Islands “Use Of Olive Oil”). This technique is still used today by cooks and artisans and has lasted and been very useful for centuries. The consumption of olive and olive products between ancient and modern times has not gone down but instead is more widely available and is in more demand. Modern Greek people consume over twenty-six liters of olive oil annually (Olive Oil Times “Greek olive Oil: A Gift from The Gods”).
Since fertile Greek land was often over cultivated, farmers needed ways to replenish nutrients in the soil and improve its quality. More nutrients in the soil would give them more successful and profitable harvests. Agriculture was improved with the techniques used by the ancient Greeks. “They practiced biennial crop rotation, alternating every year between fallow and cultivated
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