Nowadays there are people who believe that humanity has been technically and intellectually evolving in a linear manner, others disagree that such an approach belittles the impact that the ancient cultures had on the knowledge that we possess today all the while overestimating the progress achieved in the last few centuries. While it is undoubtedly true that present day world is far more advanced in all spheres of life than that of the past, it would be a great mistake to label the ancient culture as one of ignorance. Most of the theories and principles that modern day science is based on are rooted in the ancient times. For The Ancient Greeks, for instance have always put an emphasis on education and knowledge, they were the ones who have made numerous discoveries and introduced many of the fundamental principles that modern day science is based on. Ancient civilizations have also been able to achieve things that we can not to this day, even considering all the technical inventions that had been made, take the Pyramids of Egypt as an example. Nevertheless, one cannot argue that the level of progress that the society has made in the recent past is truly impressive, especially considering that most of the discoveries have taken place over the past few centuries. The knowledge that we possess today should not even be compared to what people have possessed in the previous centuries. With such a rapid advancement in technology and such lifechanging inventions such as computers or the Internet, it has become far more easier to not only store and distribute data but also for each person to be able to educate themselves from the comfort of their own living room. It is my opinion however, that even though the achievements of the ancient civilizations should be taken into account and appreciated for what they have given us, in rough terms you could state that the development over the course of the centuries has been one of increasing advancement of all spheres of a person’s life. The exception being the somewhat backwards development that has taken place during the Middle Ages. Overall, I believe that now people can benefit from the developments in the educational and healthcare spheres as well as a general higher standard of living, which will eventually lead to them having more time and resources on intellectual progress.