Rome and Greese

Artistic Themes from Ancient Cultures: Greece and Rome
Omar Braham
January 02, 2011
Raphael A. Mizzell

The purpose of this paper is to explore a theme as it relate to Ancient Cultures through early Greek and Roman times. They are several topics that worth discussing but, this paper will be focusing on religious expressions. This paper will discuss how religion expression reflects in the cultural development from each time period. This paper will also compare and contrast the development of the theme within each of the historical periods listed while relating past attitudes to modern ones.

Ancient Greek
      Greece is divided into over 100 cities otherwise called polis, all the cities except Athens has the same four characteristic, a community authority, small, independent from Greek nation responsive to citizen. These characteristic help to build loyalty amongst community and to their religion. Religion plays a very important part in the in each polis, Ancient Greece practice polytheism which is the worshiping of many gods. Each polis has their own personal god who is in charge of that section or community; there were about twelve chief gods all Greeks worship. The poleis normally stress the importance of religion in each community and uses religion as a way of unifying people. Poleis participate in religious festivals, rituals and beliefs to honor their specific god and help to promote a feeling of loyalty.
      Great emphasis is normally place on the ritual than their belief, person who worships the same god and live in the same polis shows more loyalty to each other unlike than someone from outside. The Ancient Greek believes that if you do not perform the ritual you may be punish by the gods and the gods were unethical so it may be beneficial to you to perform the ritual.

Ancient Romans
      Rome was founded on the Italian Peninsula in the 9th century BC to a large empire running across the Mediterranean Sea. During...