The Roman Empire's Emulation of the Greeks

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Fog rolls through a meadow, hiding a small clan of tribesman roaming south to attack and pillage villages and Roman settlements. Roman soldiers stand guard on a stone brick wall fortified to defend from barbarians to the north and formed a place for custom and trading posts. The invaders were limited by the height of the wall, with no way to flank their positions as the fortified line separated England from the Irish Sea to the North Sea. The Roman Empire expanded past Turkey into Egypt, an immense expansion that would only be rivaled by Genghis Khan. While Greece can be referred to as a civilization of knowledge, the Romans were able to apply the new rational thinking into empire building that surpassed Alexander the Great. Roman art, architecture, religion even entertainment are highly innovative forms of the Greek culture before it. The Roman Empire emulated Greece and the Athenians, much like how the Renaissance was a revival of both cultures before it.
In many ways Roman sculpture went further than the Greek’s with magnificent displays of humanism and opulent Gods. Greek sculptures focused on extremely masculine portrays of man but with dimensions that were more or less reasonable in comparison to our human bodies. They were looking for perfection of a physical human body, and in the way the human body was sculpted. The Roman’s would put on great displays of grandeur, examples that can be seen through the busts and full-length sculptures such as Augustus of Prima
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