The classical civilization of ancient Greece and
Rome was not forgotten by the Europeans either during the Middle
Age or in the Dark Age. The ancient languages were used in church
services; for example Latin was used in the west and Greek in the
east. Ancient architecture was used as a model for Romanesque construction.
Both literature and architecture served as constant witnesses of
"the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome."
However, between the 14th and the 17th centuries, the classical
Greece-Roman civilization was rediscovered in a new and fruitful
manner. Up to this period, the European Christians had used the
classical languages, literature and art as a means to more important
ends. Now they began to read Latin and Greek because they found
it instructive and delightful to do so. Also, since they had discovered
new values in Greek and Latin writings.