Greek And Roman Influence On Wester Literature

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Greek and Roman influence on Western literature Jinho Seo Western Civilization After the fall of Greek and Roman civilization and the Dark Ages Greek language managed to survive. It was not only spoken by the Greek, but also spoken by Jews in Egypt, Palestine, and elsewhere for intercommunication between Near Eastern countries. Since Jews spoke Greek, even the New Testament is written in Greek. The Roman Empire also spoke Greek since they weren’t just Latin speaking country, but a bilingual in Latin and Greek. Since the Greek language is so flexible, nearly all the upper-class Romans of the late republic and early empire used Greek for philosophical discussion and even for love-making. Greek language was the last words Julius Caesar used at the actual moment of his murder, and the emperor Marcus Aurelius kept his private spiritual diary in Greek. Back then, Greek language was a very international language to the European countries. English: Dark Age Of all the great modern European languages, English has by far the largest and most important early literature; and of course there was a huge amount of influence by Greek and Roman, beginning from the language itself. An example of English literature is an epic called Beowulf. First of all, the fact that it is an ‘epic’ is one of Homer’s influences to the literature. Both Beowulf, and Homers epics (Illiad and Odyssey) are adventurous stories of conflicts between man and animals, subman, or monsters. Some monsters such as Chimera, Cyclopes, and Firedrake (flame-spitting dragon) are copied exactly the same from Odyssey to Beowulf. Although Beowulf is one of the most famous English literatures, it has far less information on customs, weapons, stratagems, arts, and personalities of characters than Homer’s epics. So you could see that the English literature which is one of the

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