1. Classical Greek culture, which flourished during the 5th to 4th centuries BC, had a powerful influence on the Roman Empire and provided the foundation of modern Western culture.
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  2. Ancient Greek democracy, the world's first, lasted for only 185 years.
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  3. Between 40% and 80% of the population of Classical Athens were slaves.
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  4. At its economic height, in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, Ancient Greece was the most advanced economy in the world.
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  5. The Ancient Greeks exercised naked.
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  6. Ancient Greece's boys went to school at the age of 7 if they lived in Athens, or went to the barracks if they lived in Sparta.
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  7. In Ancient Greece, a crucial part of a wealthy teenager's education was a mentorship with an elder, which in a few places and times may have included pederastic love.
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  8. The word "school" comes from the ancient Greek for "free time."
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  9. In ancient Greek, the word "idiot" meant anyone who wasn't a politician.
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  10. The discoveries of Greek mathematicians such as Pythagoras, Euclid, and Archimedes, are still used in mathematical teaching today.
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  11. In ancient Greece, throwing an apple at someone was done to declare one's love.
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  12. The word "Dinosaur" comes from the ancient Greek and means "terrible lizard".
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  13. Ancient Greeks and Romans often bought slaves with salt.
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  14. There was
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    "religion"
    in ancient Greece.
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  15. The theory that the Sun is the center around which the planets orbit was first proposed by the ancient Greek Aristarchus of Samos in the 3rd century BC.
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  16. Ancient Romans were a very bath-loving people. They typically frequented public baths once a day.
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  17. The word "music" comes from the Muses, goddesses of the arts in Greek mythology.
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  18. Spartan men were not allowed to live with their families until they left their active military service at age 30.
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  19. Ancient Greeks investigated animal structure and described the difference between arteries and veins around 500 BCE.
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  20. The first "true" alphabet appeared around the 8th century BCE, when the Ancient Greeks borrowed the Phoenician alphabet and adapted it to their own language, giving equal status to vowels and consonants.
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  21. In Ancient Greece, the normal size of a jury was about 500 people.
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  22. Ancient Greeks wouldn't eat beans as they thought that they contained the souls of the dead.
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  23. "Response to Those who Criticise Me for Spending Money on Old Wine & Prostitutes" is a lost work by Aristippus, a disciple of Socrates.
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  24. Ancient Greek and Roman statues were actually brilliantly colored and not just bare marble or stone.
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  25. Married women were banned from watching or even attending the ancient Olympic games. The penalty for any married woman caught sneaking a peek was execution.
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