Loss and Rediscovery of Greek Literature
Throughout Greek's history they experienced many woes, the loss and rediscovery of their literature being the greatest.
In 146 BC, when the Romans annexed an already week Greece, their culture flourished, the Romans adopted many of their ways of life. Including philosophical ideas, and their literary ways of thinking. However, this ignorant bliss did not last for long. In 476 AD, the last Roman emperor, Romulus Augustus, was deposed of by the Goths East Germanic tribe, under the leadership of Odoacer. The Greco- Roman literature disappeared almost completely.
This marked the beginning of the middle ages. . In general, the cultural dominance of Rome had been shattered, and the influence of Greek culture faded. Although not completely having disappeared, it did become out of fashion throughout circumstances, “a combination of factors helped push it into the background“. But, through later years, the same circumstances brought it back from obscurity. A period called the “Renaissance”.
The Renaissance Period of European history at the end of the Middle Ages, was a time of great advances in science, art, and literature. In part that, the era was inspired by a rediscovery of classical texts, and the rediscovery of the Greek literature began.. “In these texts, Renaissance artists, scholars, and scientists saw Greek humanism as an alternative to the Biblical values they had inherited.” For these people, Greek literature provided a model for asking questions about the world. In fact, the clash between the astronomer Galileo Italian astronomer and mathematician who lived from 1564 to 1642; was similar to clashes between Socrates and the Greek priests. Proof that the Greek ways of thinking had started to flourish again.
Once the literature of Greece (and Rome) had reestablished itself in European culture, it became a touchstone for writers and artists. Subjects from Greek and Roman history and mythology now make up a...