Roman Influences On Western Society (Between Rome And Greece, Without Mentioning Greece)

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There have been many astonishing civilizations in the history of our planet and many have affected current day social order, but none so much as ancient Rome. American and Europe, western society, share a somewhat similar government as to Rome's astounding one and the certain "doggedness" that was viewed as a Roman virtue might easily be seen in the children of the west. Also, arts, architecture, and sciences are comparable to that of the Romans, and like the Romans, America borrows its ideas from other cultures and attempts to improve upon them, or at least structure them to fit the views of the people. Current day western religion, which is normally considered to be Christianity, first ...view middle of the document...

Rome's masterpiece was its government, kept with perseverance, and today's society has incorporated that into its very foundations.The Romans borrowed their arts, architectures, and sciences nominally from other cultures, and built upon them. For instance, Romans built upon already existent art that believed in beauty through proportions and expanded it to the art form of realism. As a society, the west, takes other's ideas and improves them, too. By looking through art of the ages one can see the development of say, Cubism from realism. Another faction of art that we share with the Romans is with the general public being allowed to contract an artist to paint their own portrait if they could afford it. All Americans can have any art they wish commissioned if they can spare the expense. The Romans also had complex transportation systems and irrigation through aqueducts that were well-maintained, which is comparable to America's huge budget for roads, or the amount of money that is put into Undergrounds and Metros in larger cities in western society.Certainly not least are the religious similarities that the west shares with Rome. Christianity sprouted and spread throughout Rome slowly but surely overriding Paganism, resulting in that the...

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