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Old April 17th, 2011, 11:05 AM   #1
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Distinctions between Roman and Greek Cultures


Thats quite self-explainatory. I've been wondering for quite a while. What is the difference between the two cultures? This obviously does not include the Langua Franca and military.

Now yes I'm aware the Rome had a thousand cultures, but it also had that overlapping "imperial" culture from Rome itself. Thats the Roman culture we're talking about.
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I believe they have different names for their gods. Aphrodites for Greeks, Venus for Romans.
Mars for Romans, Ares for the Greeks.
And others..
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Roman Culture is an offshoot of Greek Culture, from it's founding (of which little remains but legend) it revolves around Greeks fleeing their homeland and setting themselves up in the area around Rome. This was a time where Greek City States existed from Sicily, Italy, Anatolia, the Middle East, Greece, other Balkan States, and other regions around the Mediterranean. But Greek Culture at the time was varied significantly there was an army of lovers (if you believe that literally), a few democracies, a few dictatorships, and a few monarchies. In addition even those varied greatly such as Sparta and Athens. To properly answer this you need to define what greek culture we are referring to. In addition you might want to say "assume Rome is not part of Greek Culture."
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Roman Culture is an offshoot of Greek Culture, from it's founding (of which little remains but legend) it revolves around Greeks fleeing their homeland and setting themselves up in the area around Rome. This was a time where Greek City States existed from Sicily, Italy, Anatolia, the Middle East, Greece, other Balkan States, and other regions around the Mediterranean. But Greek Culture at the time was varied significantly there was an army of lovers (if you believe that literally), a few democracies, a few dictatorships, and a few monarchies. In addition even those varied greatly such as Sparta and Athens. To properly answer this you need to define what greek culture we are referring to. In addition you might want to say "assume Rome is not part of Greek Culture."
Greek culture just in general. And Rome, by the time it's powerful, obviously is much different from it's founding.
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Roman Culture is an offshoot of Greek Culture, from it's founding (of which little remains but legend) it revolves around Greeks fleeing their homeland and setting themselves up in the area around Rome

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Not Greeks fleeing their homeland (if a Greek does that it's called colonialism, btw), but Trojans fleeing their homeland. What's his name? Aeneas... Son of Venus and a mortal man. Lucky bastard!

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Roman Culture is an offshoot of Greek Culture, from it's founding (of which little remains but legend) it revolves around Greeks fleeing their homeland and setting themselves up in the area around Rome.
That may be what their mythology revolves around. Roman culture is not Greek culture. It's Italic, the same as their neighbors. They just came under Greek Hellenistic influence under the later Republic.
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Some differences...
-Greece had theatres where invaluable pieces of art were played from Aristophanes comodies to Aischylos' tragodies... while in Rome theatre ended a kind of circus...

-Athletism in Greece was a idealized habit of civilized men, pursuing values such as competition, truce, body and spiritual perfection etc...while in Rome sorts of it like boxing became an attraction for mobs.

etc...

Now things like religion, philosophy, historiography, the biggest part of mythology, the alphabet, poetry, epics, painting, baths, city planning, architecture etc are so close(after they "travelled" westwards through Adriatic) that indeed the differences are not that much, since Romans "embarked" in an already developed and progressive civilization.

Things like that made emperor Julian to think that despite his origins he was a Greek in his way of life.

PS. Have we ever tried to imagine Rome without its heavy Greek influence?
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Some differences...
-Greece had theatres where invaluable pieces of art were played from Aristophanes comodies to Aischylos' tragodies... while in Rome theatre ended a kind of circus...

-Athletism in Greece was a idealized habit of civilized men, pursuing values such as competition, truce, body and spiritual perfection etc...while in Rome sorts of it like boxing became an attraction for mobs.

etc...

Now things like religion, philosophy, historiography, the biggest part of mythology, the alphabet, poetry, epics, painting, baths, city planning, architecture etc are so close(after they "travelled" westwards through Adriatic) that indeed the differences are not that much, since Romans "embarked" in an already developed and progressive civilization.

Things like that made emperor Julian to think that despite his origins he was a Greek in his way of life.

PS. Have we ever tried to imagine Rome without its heavy Greek influence?
This isn't Romanophile against Greek lovers. Please stay unbiased..

EDIT: Why wasn't I informed until now that Graeculi was an insult... Now I have a hundred posts to edit...

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This isn't Romanophile against Graeculi. Please stay unbiased..
It would be better to take the lead and examine each part of the cultures we are talking about and search the differences and the origins of that differences or similarities or...copies.

And using "Graeculi" isn't the proper way asking another to be unbiased....
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Iso, you do understand that Graeculus means "puny little Greek", and in Roman times was a racist slur?
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