Time Traveling Art Historian
John L. Doe
January 08, 2012
I am Shaun Jones an author and a art historian, with the supernatural ability to travel through
time. With this unique ability I have traveled through three classical time periods, to survey and
analyze art work; which included ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian and Roman civilizations. I
have selected artwork from each period that describes and sums up the cultures in details. I
have also decided to dedicate three chapters to my upcoming book from my experiences with
time travel to these early cultures. My first hand experiences of the specific artwork selected
will characterize the beliefs, ideas, values and desires of the time period. I will also reflect on
how these great works of art changed and influenced its respected era.
Chapter 1: The Colosseum of Ancient Rome
In many ways, Rome inherited its art, culture, literature, philosophy and religious life from
Greece. By the seventh century B.C.E., and along with the Latins, Etruscans, and Celts, the
Greeks occupied parts of the Italian peninsula. This ensured the influence of Greek ways on the
developing Italian culture (Benton & DiYanni, 2008). During my time travel to Rome, I
noticed Greece was the parent of all these European civilizations. The Greek influence was wide
spread throughout these civilizations much of this influence can be seen in the artwork and
architecture. All temples had a Greek temple plan, along with with columns in a Tuscan order,
which is the Doric order modified by the addition of a base(Benton & DiYanni, 2008).
Even though I noticed the Romans conquered the Greeks militarily and politically, the Greeks
conquered the Romans artistically and culturally. This has changed my whole concept and
outlook of Rome. Rome was not its own entitity, but a distant child of Greece....