I wonder why Russia isn’t considered part of Western Civilization. It is traditionally Christian, and the Orthodox Church has some connection to Greek (I read that at the seminar where Stalin studied to become an Orthodox priest, the students were required to read Plato). So Russian culture seems to be partially derived from both the Greeks and the Hebrews. Does Orthodox Christianity not count as part of Western Civilization? Is this because “Western” refers to the Western part of the Roman Empire?