Ancient Greece and Rome: Societal Plagiarism

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Ancient Greece and Rome: Societal Plagiarism
The ancient societies of Greece and Rome were, during their respective times of prosperity, pinnacles of civilization. Both empires lasted hundreds of years and laid the foundation for every Western civilization that would come after. The influence of these societies can still be seen today, in our democratic government, our military and our philosophy. They even influenced each other, as the Romans revered the Greek philosophy and way of life, and were quick to incorporate many aspects of ancient Greek society into their own. Even so, there are a multitude of differences, some subtle and some striking, between these two great societies.
The social structure of Greece was divided between men’s...
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.....e Senate and by some of the more outstanding emperors.
The Greek city-states had to be united by force, first through the invasion of the Macedonians, and then by the Romans. But the Greeks would, in a sense, have the last laugh. Their culture was more sophisticated, their learning and philosophy more advanced, and Roman culture would be overwhelmed as the Romans absorbed the cultural influences of the Hellenistic east. In the final outcome, as the Roman Empire declined in the west, Roman emperors transferred their capitol from Italy to Asia Minor. Long after the Roman empire was gone, the Byzantine Empire, an amalgam of Roman and Greek culture, centered in the city of Constantinople, would endure. The Greeks had conquered their conquerors.