The Roman Heirs Term Paper

The Roman Heirs
A look at how Greek and Hellenistic civilization set the stage for the Roman way of life.
# 147120 | 2,038 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2011 | CA
Published on Feb 25, 2011 in History (Greek and Roman)

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This paper discusses how, although some unique achievements can be attributed to the Romans, the integration of Greek and Hellenistic civilization is evident throughout Roman culture and life. The paper examines influences on Roman culture such as arts, architecture, philosophy, religion and medicine.

From the Paper:

"During the second period (The Golden Age, 31 B.C.E. to 14 C.E.), Vergil (70-19 B.C.E.), an Italian plebeian, wrote in Greek literary forms: idylls, didactic poems and epics. He combined this style with focusing on the best Roman traits and his work was considered to have an "authentic Roman voice" in its message. Horace (65-8 B.C.E.), another Italian plebeian, used the Alexandrian forms of odes and letters in verse helping to create satire - a new poetic genre (Matthews and Platt, 131).
"The leading historian during the third period (The Silver Age) 14 - 200 C.E. was Tacitus, who honored the Greek tradition of historical writing dictating that history must be written according to literary rules (Matthews and Platt, 133). According to Karl Christ (135), the development of Roman intellectual life, especially literature and the arts, cannot be imagined without the Greek language. It was symptomatic of its start that even the writing of Roman history began in the Greek language (Karl Christ, 135).

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Karl Christ. The Romans. London: The Hogarth Press, 1984.
  • Roy T. Matthews and F. Dewitt Platt. The Western Humanities. Sixth Edition. McGraw-Hill, 2008.
  • Professor Eugene Weber. The Western Tradition Series. "The Rise of Rome". "The Roman Empire". "Early Christianity".

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