How Strongly Ancient Societies Affected The Formation Of Today 's Society

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The current essay aims to investigate how strongly ancient societies affected the formation of today’s society, by analyzing several characteristics basically originating from civilisations of Ancient Antiquity such as Greece and Rome. The civilized culture is dated back to ancient Greeks and Romans. Their contribution to philosophy, literature and politics has undeniably helped to form notions of modern Western cultures. This is because, assorted essential features in the life of Ancient Greeks and Romans which will be broadly analyzed, such as culture, society, trade, politics and slavery signified their civilizations’ importance. Furthermore, in these societies explosions of culture and technological innovations were observed which not …show more content…

Since then philosophers were questioning the nature and the universe, trying to find a natural order in the world. Greeks such as Homer, Plato, Euripides, Pythagoras, and Romans such as Ennius, Plautus and Horace and several others influenced society with their writings, poems, findings, and theatrical plays. Olympia, in Greece, was also the birth place of The Olympic Games that were part of religious ceremonies. Acropolis in Athens and Colosseum in Rome appear to be just two out of hundreds architectural wonders created by Ancient Greeks and Romans. Society Western Europe has adopted beliefs and notions of Graeco-roman’s societies, excellent models of culture. Greeks were described as the ‘epitome of civilization.’ Romans used the word culture instead of civilization referring to ‘social, spiritual, intellectual and artistic life’ (Osborne, 2007:4). People were forced to be part of this culture in order to be citizens. Accordingly, Greek and Roman society was consisted of politics, education of literature, music, theatre and physical exercise as Roman poet Juvenal mentioned “Mens sana in corpore sano” meaning healthy mind in a healthy body. Due to this excellent education of mind and body, Romans and Spartans (Greeks) were exceptionally admired and considered as exemplary army forces. While idealizing the Romans, Kamm (2008: 172) states that ‘The Roman talent for organization is nowhere better illustrated

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