Myths and Legends Greek Mythology vs.
In Greece during the Olympics there was a truce that suspended war, prohibited armies from entering the city Elis, and forbid legal disputes or the carrying out of death penalties. In the Amphitheaters where these events took place prisoners were executed, animals were slayed, and battles to the death occured between gladiators.
By comparing these differences in Greek and Roman culture it is evident that the Greeks were a more peaceful people then the Romans.
The Romans lusted for blood, gore and violence, while the Greeks satisfied this need with athletic competition. As it stood the Greek Olympics was completely dedicated to Zeus. Victors were considered blessed by Zeus and offered him praise for their victories.
The centrality of religion at the Greek Olympics suggest that ancient Greece was a placed that was deeply involved with religion.
On the other hand the Roman Gladiators were often slaves or prisoners of war pitted against their will in the amphitheaters. For this reason religion was much less important for the Roman Gladiators than the Greek Olympians.
If we further evaluate this situation it is probably safe to say that the Emperor of Rome was like a God on Earth. The emperor often organized the gladiator shows and was a gift to his people.
It seems as though the Roman citizens worshiped their Emperor in a similiar way as the Greeks worshiped Zeus.
Politics The political atmosphere that the Olympic games and Roman Gladiator shows offered was quite similiar. Since such a large audience gathered at these events the political influence was tremendous.
Both societies used these events to celebrate military victory and discuss political affairs. It was not always political agreement however that occured at the festivities.
There was many times political conflict featured at the games. The major difference between the politics in the two societies is that the Roman emperor had absolute power and authority.
One time the Roman emperor Caligula ordered his soldiers into the stands with orders to kill any member of the crowd that was booing his show. Naturally, a silence fell over the crowd, but the idea of political domination seems to be a recurrent theme in ancient Rome as opposed to the more mild mannered Greek political proceedings.
Cultural Implications Roman gladiators and the Greek Olympics point out some key similarities and differences in the cultural structure of these two empires. To begin with both the gladiators and olympians inspired authors and poets to record the events with their writing.In contrast to ancient Romans, Greeks did not apply domes and arches, and therefore could not build constructions with huge interior spaces.
Theaters were the specific spots in al ancient Greek towns used either for public meetings or dramatic performances. Compare and contrast Fate (as seen in the Greek texts Iliad and Medea), Destiny (as seen in the Roman Aeneid), and Dharma (as seen in the Indian Gita).
Comparison of the Hellenic, Hellenistic, Architecture—the rounded arch Codified the laws Syncretized religion By contrast with their own culture, the Greeks found the Romans stodgy and boring.
The Romans were family-values oriented, more militaristic, and more agrarian in their emphasis. The Origin of Philosophy: The Attributes of Mythic/ Mythopoeic Thought. The pioneering work on this subject was The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man, An Essay on Speculative Thought in the Ancient Near East by Henri Frankfort, H.A.
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Wilson, Thorkild Jacobsen, and William A. Irwin (University of Chicago Press, , . Another similarity that the Persians and the Greeks shared is their love for wine. In Greece they had a God for wine named Dionysus. Dionysus was a demigod, for half mortal and half immortal, and his father was the King of the gods, Zeus.
Similarities of Persian and Greek Early Civilization The Persians and Greeks built two of the most successful and prosperous nations in history.