Rome Vs Greece

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Rome vs. Greece Rome and Greece were powerful, prosperous and great nations. They both made major contributions to the past and even today the concepts of these influential nations are still in use. Many of Greece’s set examples were carried on into the Roman culture. Both Rome and Greece had many common ideas, but yet a plethora of differences. Greece, or otherwise known as the Hellenic Republic, was an empire located in the southern portion of Europe. The Greek empire lasted from the Archaic Period of the 8th to 6th centuries B.C. until the end of Antiquity (around 600 A.D.). Greece was a fierce, distinguished, and seemingly unstoppable republic, this being shown by the legacy of Alexander the Great who conquered from Central Asia, to the western end of the Mediterranean Sea, and promoted a Hellenistic way of life. The Greeks took the Phoenician alphabet and modified it to create the Greek alphabet during the Archaic Period. Greek people were very polytheistic and believed in a plethora of gods who were believed to live on Mount Olympus. Unlike a lot of other newly originating civilizations, Greece had a very well developed political system. Since ancient Greece consisted of several hundreds of independent city-states (poleis) which happened to be a situation unlike most other civilizations were made up of, each polis was governed by its own individual governor. They may have all been run differently, but all of the poleis shared a common religion, language, and culture. With a democratic structure, all “citizens” could have equal privileges in assembly; however non-citizens and slaves had no political rights in any form. A “citizen” was considered a native-born, wealthy man, who owned land. In Athens the population was split into four social classes based on wealth. On the other hand Rome was a thriving civilization that was based off of the Italian

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