It has continuously shaped the Western aesthetics and still deeply influence our culture today. I don't think there's anything culture still studied and held as such a model centuries and centuries after.
>I get that they started the tradition but why does that mean we should allude to them and study them?
Largely shipable rbh, just go with the Germans and then onward, read various Greeks in between. If you're not a total non-thinker you won't miss much of anything that isn't covered better later on anyway.