Cradle of Western civilization  

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The Acropolis of Athens (1846) by Leo von Klenze
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 This page Cradle of Western civilization is part of the Ancient Greece series.   Photo: western face of the Parthenon
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There is academic consensus that Classical Greece is the seminal culture which provided the foundation of modern Western culture, democracy, art, theatre, philosophy and science. For this reason it is known as the cradle of Western Civilization. Along with Greece, Rome has sometimes been described as a birthplace or as the cradle of Western Civilization because of the role the city had in politics, republicanism, law, architecture, warfare and Western Christianity.

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