Ancient Greeks and Romans thought of parks and natural spaces as spiritual and recreational sites. A. Sacred groves consisting of trees, springs, or mountains were organized as shrines to Greek gods. B. The belief in a divine presence in all natural things originated with the ancient Greeks and spread to other cultures around the world. C. In cultures where the climate made cultivation of sacred groves impossible, trees retained only a symbolic value in mythical stories. D. Because of their association with ancient Greek gods, spirits, and heroes, there are still many sections of forest in modern Greece. E. Trees have played significant roles in the religious practices and beliefs of Greeks and numerous other cultures. F. Because groves were spiritually important to ancient Greeks, they were often protected from damage and were the sites of various communal activities.