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Compare and contrast the Ancient Greeks and Romans. What did they have in common? How...

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thing2 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 27, 2009 at 5:32 PM via web

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Compare and contrast the Ancient Greeks and Romans. What did they have in common? How were they different?

Think in terms of economy, politics, families, war and oulooks on life.

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anzio45 | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted January 30, 2009 at 11:12 AM (Answer #2)

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Your question is really beyond the scope of an enotes answer, covering as it does very complex topics over a very broad period of history and a very wide geographical area. While the Greeks shared much by way of culture, religion etc., the separate city states that made up ancient Greece were often very different from one another, and so generalisations are not easy to make. Take the most obvioius example, Sparta, and compare it with Athens or Corinth to illustrate this point. How representative of ancient Greece can we say Philip's Macedonia was? As regards ancient Rome, a similar problem confronts us. It was not until the first century BC that the peoples of Italy became full Roman citizens, following a terrible war in which a number of tribes tried to assert their difference from Rome. I'm afraid the only way you'll arrive at any conclusions is by reading widely around both peoples and even then I'm not sure you'll come up with anything definitive. I've done plenty of study on them down the years and still wouldn't venture any strong opinions other than the usual ones that the Greeks were the thinkers while the Romans were the doers, and even that is a bit of a cliche. Good luck - you'll enjoy the journey even if there's no destination.

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thing2 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 30, 2009 at 9:55 PM (Answer #3)

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Your question is really beyond the scope of an enotes answer, covering as it does very complex topics over a very broad period of history and a very wide geographical area. While the Greeks shared much by way of culture, religion etc., the separate city states that made up ancient Greece were often very different from one another, and so generalisations are not easy to make. Take the most obvioius example, Sparta, and compare it with Athens or Corinth to illustrate this point. How representative of ancient Greece can we say Philip's Macedonia was? As regards ancient Rome, a similar problem confronts us. It was not until the first century BC that the peoples of Italy became full Roman citizens, following a terrible war in which a number of tribes tried to assert their difference from Rome. I'm afraid the only way you'll arrive at any conclusions is by reading widely around both peoples and even then I'm not sure you'll come up with anything definitive. I've done plenty of study on them down the years and still wouldn't venture any strong opinions other than the usual ones that the Greeks were the thinkers while the Romans were the doers, and even that is a bit of a cliche. Good luck - you'll enjoy the journey even if there's no destination.

Thanks for trying to help. I already answered this right after i posted the question. There was an answer to it. I compared the way geography affected how they fought in wars, the way the economy was the same through trading and agriculture, and how the government was ruled in each Greece and Rome in different ways. 

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anzio45 | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted January 31, 2009 at 2:29 AM (Answer #4)

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Thanks for reply. Glad to hear you're making progress with your studies and all good wishes in your future efforts.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 22, 2011 at 1:06 PM (Answer #6)

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Greeks and Romans were both polytheist, or having more than one God, to begin with. They also had many of the same Gods, just with different names. They heavily influenced our current society, especially in terms of mythology.

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