Philosophy asks deep questions about the world and our lives. It reflects a passion to understand the true nature of things. But why did this passion take hold so strongly in small Greek city states in the 6th century BCE? There were many other complex and creative cultures in this part of the world—the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, just to name a few. Yet it was the Greeks who first rejected mythological explanations of the world and developed natural theories regarding reality. They invented science and scientific methods, and in doing so, profoundly influenced modern civilization. But why them, why the Greeks? Let OLLI and Mr. House help you explore possible answers to this intriguing question.