When we tour Athens other Greek cities we can see lots of interesting ruins.  If we read about the ruins or take a tour we can obtain information about them.  However, we cannot appreciate the vitality of ancient Greece or understand how their ideas and ideals impacted modern society unless we have insights into the average Greek’s daily life.  Also, understanding life during this time period will help to put the ruins we view into better perspective.  The talk centers on the contributions of Ancient Greece to modern society including: religion, democracy, philosophy, art, competitive sports, medicine, and sanitation.