ROME AND GREECE

Ancient Rome and Classical Greece are the true fathers of Western Civilization and the Greco-Roman cultural legacy still has a major influence on the way we live and think today.

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Travel back to the exciting world of Ancient Rome and Greece and marvel at the incredible strength, toughness  and determination of the Classical world – the resilience that lifted two unique ancient civilizations to world greatness and shake your head at the weaknesses and follies that brought them to their eventual ruin.

 

 

In the following webpages, we salute the many Greek and Roman individuals who contributed to the glory and prosperity of their times. We’ll celebrate the lives of the impressive statesmen, soldiers and emperors whose strenuous efforts provided stability, order and prosperity for a large portion of the earth’s population for the longest time. We’ll meet the host of brilliant writers,  artists, mathematicians and deep thinking philosophers,  who left such an enduring mark on classical culture. These real life heroes created such a legacy of excellence in the arts, jurisprudence, social organisation and virtually all branches of academic learning  that their way of doing things has become the foundation stone of every modern civilized nation.

 

But sadly, to complete the picture, we need also expose the vices, weaknesses and savagery of those notorious monsters, whose blood-lust or careless follies hastened the fall of the greatest, most cohesive and longest lasting civilization that mankind has ever known.

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Two Diverse Cultures

Having very different world views and societal emphasis, two powerful Mediterranean civilizations emerged separately in Italy and Greece. Their early origins are clouded in the midst of time, but by the 6th century BC  each had begun to extend their cultural  influence and  expand their political hegemony beyond their home region and establish the political and social institutions that were to characterise them for centuries to come. Rome was a nation of crude farmers, hands-on politicians and talented amateur generals, living in a land of rude huts and humble brick buildings. In the wealthier East, the Greek states of mainland Greece and Asia Minor nurtured princes and philosophers, mathematicians and playwrights and the cities were embellished with magnificent marble-clad temples, fountains and stunning public buildings.

 

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Against all the odds, these diverse cultures actually interacted very positively as they began to come into closer contact around the beginning of the second century BC.  In the stimulating environment of a rapidly emerging new world order, where Rome indisputably dominated the political and military scene, the more sophisticated traditions of the wealthier Hellenised world added to the cultural balance and an enduring appreciation of art, architecture, drama and philosophy was born among the more educated element of Roman society.

 

Roman military might eventually gave Rome control over the divided city states of Greece and soon the decadent remnants of Alexander’s vast Hellenistic eastern Empire were to follow – turning them all into mere Roman provinces and in the process, enslaving many of their citizens. However at another level, it was soon apparent that important aspects of each nation’s cultural strengths did not actually clash and could complement those of the other in many subtle ways. The dynamic of the interaction was low-key and gradual and was largely unnoticed by the chroniclers of the time, but the outcome was truly splendid and the end result was the emergence of a highly successful Greco-Roman unified culture. It was a culture that was robust, vibrant and enduring and was to become the single most important influence behind the formation of the modern world as we find it today.     

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On this website we shall explore the richness of Greco-Roman artistic expression, the fascinating history of each nation and touch on several lesser-known, but intriguing aspects of these two vibrant  civilizations. We reveal the technological expertise, and innovation of  Rome and the creativity and depth of Greek culture. 

 

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It is also our focus to bring help to the traveller, who wishes to visit the heritage sites of ancient Rome and Greece, and we will provide the best advice for arranging travel, accomodation and tours with useful tips and guidance for making the experience memorable and hassle-free.

 

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ROMAN EMPERORS (listed in chronological order)

 

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