Influence of the Greeks to the Romans Essay

1974 Words Dec 20th, 2013 8 Pages
Aristotle once said “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, and determines your destiny.” The Romans inherited a cornucopia of knowledge from the Greeks and Hellenistic cultures in the Mediterranean, such as architecture, strategies of war, politics and the humanities to name a few. However what the Romans had that the Greeks didn’t was extreme self-discipline and organizational skills and when they opened their minds and allowed themselves to be less dogmatic, more artistic and more inclusive they were able to conquer the world. Since we have limited space in which to make our point, we …show more content…
That the Romans, it says, in many ways, had retained the old values but had incorporated a more pleasurable existence, but within a more advanced and educated society. Religion and philosophy started gaining popularity in the Hellenistic age because the consequence of being more cosmopolitan made people feel insulated, lonely, reclusive and searching for deeper meaning. Hence the reason for the popularity of philosophers like Diogenes the Cynic, Carneades the Skeptic and the more popular Epicurus that offered solutions to living and dealing with everyday life. Romans already had a pantheon of gods they worshiped but many of the Greek gods had similar qualities and so their names were Latinized and incorporated into the Roman world. Very important Greek gods like Zeus who was considered the ancestor of all gods and man, became Jupiter. Poseidon the god of the seas, became Neptune and Aphrodite, the goddess of love became Venus. Hades the god of the underworld and death became Pluto, Athena the goddess of wisdom and just war became Minerva and Artemis the goddess of the hunt and virginity, became Diana. Religion helped people conceptualizes why they were there; explain the reasons for everyday events and what happened after death and so, many religions and cults were imported from as far away as Egypt as well the Seleucid Empire. From Egypt, the goddess Isis was imported and worshiped because it was a

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