Essay on Comparing Greek And Roman Culture

1899 Words Apr 7th, 2015 8 Pages
Greek and Roman culture have paved the way for much of American culture throughout history and current time. Whether it is language, religion, or architecture, ancient Greece and Rome are to thank for their contribution on many aspects of society’s daily lives in America society today, as the American political system was greatly influenced by these two civilizations. These two democratic systems had many similarities and many differences but without them there may not be the justice and equal democratic system that we have today. Although there were characteristics about their systems that ultimately failed, these two ancient worlds were very far beyond their time in many ways.

Athenian democracy developed around the fifth century BC in Greek city-states known as Polis. Polis can be thought of as of a community of citizens in which each city-state has their own separate culture. Of these, Athens was by far the largest comprising the city of Athens and the surrounding territory of Attica. Towards the end of the Peloponnesian War there was a slow alteration in Athens from a monarchy, which the aristocrats overthrew to create an oligarchy. The pyramid hierarchy of the oligarchy system went as followed: a king at the very top closely followed by the aristocratic population, and finally the commoners that made up the majority of the population at the bottom of the pyramid. In this Aristocratic government there were three branches that included: the Areopagus, the legislative…

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