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Roman Culture in the Movies

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In this unit we discuss various characteristics of Roman culture; this culture has inspired many key pieces of literature, including the more modern Dan Brown books The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons which were major hits and created into films.

Discuss how Roman culture, religion and symbolism were the background for many key elements used in the films. If you haven't seen the films or read the books check them out!

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Roman Culture - Modern Influences

Western Culture, in its European roots can be traced to that of the Greeks and the Romans. We can even further argue that the modern culture we are enjoying/practising today is rooted in the foundations of the Roman Culture which in turn rooted their own in that of the Greeks from politics, social structure, philosophy, academics, economics and religion. How did the modern ideas of citizenship, civilization, democracy, philosophy, republicanism, suffrage, nations and national identity come about? Historians point to the Greeks being the first generation Modern Thinkers when via the likes of Plato, Pythagoras, Archimedes, Hippocrates and Thucydides we came upon the very first foundations of Western philosophical, political, social and academic thought. The social values, traditions, social and cultural artefacts of the Greeks and the Romans have been passed over from inheriting civilization to the next. When the Greeks fell to Decline, the Romans took over and subsequently studied and inherited the cultural traditions of the Greeks. The Syrians and other Middle Eastern Scholars also preserved some of their works and these had been studied time and again. The likes of Plutarch, a Greek-Roman scholar preserved and practised this scholarship and orators and politicians like Cicero championed this by living the classics in their everyday life - Cicero was not only a politician, lawyer and sportsman, he was also a political theorist and a Greek-Classics master, introducing to Rome Greek Philosophy, creating a Latin philosophical vocabulary and championing the cause of Humanities and philosophy via active correspondence and writings. Linguistic talents were appreciated and forwarded in Cicero's Rome and academic scholarship was expected of any Roman leader as exemplified by him. When Rome fell, the systems of social organization and cultural traditions were adapted by each Roman territory who found themselves 'free' - the Dark Ages saw a struggle of power and dominance in these 'freed' territories, united by their religious belief which was instilled by the succeeding Empire to that of Classic Rome - the Holy ...

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The solution is a 1,356-word tutorial module that discusses varied aspects of the Roman culture and its' history and then relates this to its modern representation, in particular their utilization as background elements in the Spielberg/Hanks movies 'The Da Vinci Code' and 'Angels and Demons' which were adapted from the work of novelist Dan brown. References are listed. A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing.