In Conclusion:
The Greeks liked to have reason, order, and moderation in everything that they did. Their government was divided and sub-divided into many branches so that things could run more efficiently. They believed that everything came out of chaos, and that they were slowly getting father and farther away from it and getting closer to logical order and reason. They believed in the ideal, and nothing short of perfection would do for them. Their sculptures showed this, as none of them show human flaws, only human perfection. They, like the Americans believed in the indomitable human spirit, and things were done with people in mind. Like the Americans they were fiercely independent, and conquered or weakened any power that they believed stood in the way of this independence. They were nationalistic, and were not just Greeks, or Hellenes, as they called them selves, but Athenians, Corinthian, or Spartans. Unlike the Americans they were very religious, and every citizen in a polis had the same religion. They found deities in everything, even their founders. When was they last time you worshiped Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, or George Washington? Americans are more accepting to non-Americans than, say the Athenians were of the non-Athenians. Not everyone could be / become a citizen. They had stricter laws, and corporal punishment was very acceptable. They weren't very modest, in American terms. Men trained nude, and not everyone had to wear a shirt. Families were more important, and divorce was unheard of. They weren't as materialistic, and their homes were not so well-furnished. The necessities and a few pleasurable things were to be found. No excess for them. That would go against the idea of moderation. Theater was comparable to movies: heroes, legends, monsters and morality were taught in them. The Greeks were certainly different, but not that unlike us. We're all human after all.

Copyright Caroline Bigelow, May 17, 1998. Originally written as a cultural study paper for an Anthrolopology class, it has been tweeked and added to many times.