Grece and Rome Differences and Similarities

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Alex Perez Comparison and Contrast between Greek and Roman Cultures Greek and Roma civilizations were two famous societies that influenced many countries and cultures around the world. Until today, a few customs and ideals remain from their contributions to laws and society in general. Historically, Greece fell to the Romans. When they demolished them, still decided that they really liked Greek culture. So, Romans adopted many of Greek characteristics into their own culture, and individually developed it. Because of that, we can say Greek and Roman Ancient cultures share similarities and differences; most of them concerning government, art, religion and the way the communication among the population. First, both culture were very religious. Both believed in Gods; “Greeks and Romans trusted that all natural events were caused by them, as rain, earthquakes and plant growth” (Crowley and Heyer, par 8). Each God represented something or a particular theme. For example, Zeus (in Greek culture) was the father of all gods and men; in contrast, Jupiter was his counterpart for Romans. So, we can deduce that they changed the names of the gods to more Roman sounding names. Another difference is that “Greek religion was much more artistic with festivities. Note that Romans elaborated their religion, but it was much more conservative and serious” (par. 13). Furthermore, in the field of arts they were very different and similar at the same time. Another interesting point of view is the art expression in both cultures. Greek art is what we can imagine when we think in ancient art, but Roman art was exceedingly realistic, and not equated until Renaissance, according to experts of the National Roman Legionary Museum. The Roman had already accomplished three dimensional art, and by the early third century Roman the sculpture was so realistic, one could swear it was a

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