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Modern Life Influenced By Greeks And Romans

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Could you imagine life in the United States today without concepts like democracy, libraries, the alphabet, art, philosophy, mathematics and certain architectural features? (Anonemuss, 2010) Everyday life would be completely changed without these innovations as well as many others. So where did we get these ideas from first? Well it dates back to the Greeks and Romans. Many aspects of modern life have been influenced from their cultures, ideas and inventions. Then there is also the question whether classical Greece or classical Rome influenced the contemporary United States more. In my opinion Classical Greece has had more of an impact on our lives. In fact it had been stated that the Greeks are considered the first group of people from ancient civilization in which our society feels like they can connect and relate t. (Kreis, 2000)

So what is the Classical era? The Classical Greece era dates back to 500-323 BCE and was considered to be the period of maturity, discovery and achievement. During this era Athens was governed by a democratic government, there came a more rational approach to exploring and explaining the world and the Greeks took art to a more realistic and humanistic approach for the first time. (Sakoulas, 2002) During the Classical era the culture was based on a blend of their old culture and the new. The old being based upon religious beliefs while the new happen largely in part due to trade routes. Trade routes helped to bring men from different areas and cultures into Athens. This allowed Athens to become a sort of “melting pot” and allowed for great economic growth. From this sprouted things like the production of dramas, comedies, plays and artists. As stated by Steven Kreis “The Athenian dramatists were the first artists in Western society to ask such basic questions as the rights of the individual, the demands of society upon the individual and the nature of good and evil.” Whilst the Classical era for the Romans took place from 200 BCE-350 CE, during their greatest period of growth. Some of the biggest innovations that became from the Romans was that of a very civilized society. Early on the Romans set out to do a Census which took place every five years. This was so important to them that if one would not report to the census they would be sold into slavery. (Roman Society) Romans also had markets and shops in their city as well as many forms of entertainment. They put architecture, their homes and education high on their priorities. The Romans many innovations and ideas came mainly from that of Greek thought. They would take many ideas from the Greeks and add and build upon them to make them their own and make them “better”. For example with democracy, the Romans took that idea and added in the concept of constitution and a roman senate. (Damerow, 2006)

So what from these eras has the contemporary United States adopted? Some of the most important aspects of our society is based upon...

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