absinthe48 Wrote:
Mar 13, 2013 9:37 AM
Greek cultural influence remained dominant over the Levant, through Byzantium, for 1000 years after Rome fell to the barbarian tribes. It is because of scholars working in the Greek tradition that such things as Roman law were transmitted to western Europeans in the mid- and late- Middle Ages and especially during the Renaissance. Socrates, Plato and Aristotle laid the foundation for western philosophy, and despite the importance of Jerome's translation, Greek remains the core language of New Testament scholarship. Greek influence may have been "soft" but it was more durable than that of Rome.