The Individual in Ancient Greece and Rome


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The Individual in Ancient Greece and Rome
We are familiar with Greece as the cradle of democracy. However, I would argue that an individual citizen of Greece had more in common with the ancient world than the modern. By contrast, a citizen of Rome, if transplanted to the present, would be less out of place than one transplanted from ancient Greece. Of course, either hypothetical citizen would be overwhelmed by the technology of our day, and would ultimately probably not be able to adapt very well. Conversely, if one of us were somehow transplanted to the ancient world, we would have an equally difficult time adjusting. For the purposes of this paper, I have considered which ancient culture I would prefer to live in, if somehow given that...
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..... took centuries for this idea to be taken for granted. It can be argued that the beginning of democracy was also the dawn of the “individual.”
Anyone transplanted to a different time and place would be alienated in many ways. However, it seems that the ancient Romans, because of the fact that the concept of democracy had fully entered into their unconscious minds, have more in common with us than the ancient Greeks. Consequently, I conclude that as a modern individual, I would feel less out of place in ancient Rome than in ancient Greece.Works Cited
Aurelius, Marcus. The Meditations.
Riley, Phillip F., editor. Thucydides on Athens. The Global Experience: Readings in World History to 1550. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2002.