Social Class During Ancient Roman Music

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Social Class in Ancient Roman Music What was social classes impact on the evolution of music in Ancient Rome? That is an important question because it parallels how music in modern day, mostly American, society has progressed. Similar to Rock and Roll being taken from the Blues(History), the Romans took all of their musical knowledge from the areas the empire conquered. The Roman empire was alive from 146 BCE-395 CE, the empire covered most of modern day Europe, and small parts of North Africa, and Asia. The Romans conquered Greece in 146 BCE, and as with other cultures the Romans adopted the styles of music, incorporated their religious beliefs, and emulated their forms of education. Greece was especially admired and much was borrowed from them, and much of Greek and Roman traditions are still held in modern western civilizations. As the Roman empire expanded, it was spreading unifying and peaceful influence throughout Europe. In 200 CE when the Barbarians threatened the stability of the empire, the empire began its gradual decline. In 306-337 CE, Constantine the I, an emperor, practiced Christianity and made it legal for the first time. By end of century Christianity had a strong influence over many of the regions, cultivating a source of music for centuries to come. Then, in 395 CE the empire split. Music had several different influences across the Roman empire. Music sprouted from the influence of ancient Greece, it then had its own place in everyday life, and then came
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