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Hello, please help me with my assignment below:

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.

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You are supervising the docents who will be conducting tours and answering questions during a local festival, and you want them to become familiar with artworks from different eras. You ask them to use the below websites to find museums that feature exhibits or permanent collections of Islamic, ancient Egyptian, and ancient Greek/Etruscan/Roman art. Choose one specific work from each category for a total of three works. Compare and contrast the three works, explaining how they fit into the context of their time period and culture.


I apologize but I am truly confused and/or lost with this course as I do not understand art interpretation or the subject matter so any assistance or guidance would be very much appreciated.

This is my opinion after researching information:

Art is a form of expression in some sort by the individual ? based in many different forms and aspects. Today people utilize their feelings, emotions and thoughts to create pieces for display or sale. However, in the ancient times art had a different meaning. Depending on the era/time it was spiritual, symbolic or religious based and/or was not meant for resale but symbolic purposes so to speak. Unfortunately all pieces were not salvageable from these eras. For instance, burial art is the majority of what was left over the Etruscans. Thus, burial art I feel should be my main point of focus. This leads to the following:

The Greeks influenced the Etruscans in pottery and religion before the Romans rose to power. Once the Romans became a Republic they expanded and conquered both the Etruscans and Greeks taking much of the burial customs from both. Thus, the Romans somewhat absorbed cultures. However, the Egyptians are much older culture wise than the other and are known for elaborate burial rights with gold sarcophagi, urns with food and the dead slaves and pets with them in the tombs. However, the Greeks did have communications with the Egyptians but it was the Romans that finally took over the Egyptian empire and again the gods from both cultures were absorbed along with funeral customs. As for Islamic funeral are they had a huge amount of contact with both the Egyptians "who they ruled for a short time as Pharaohs" and the Greeks who they battled with in the legendary wars such as the ones depicted in the movie "Alexander" and the Romans as well especially the Eastern Empire or Byzantine Empire once the Western Empire fell to the many barbarian tribes "Goths, Huns, Vandals, etc" So in short I feel to formulate this piece properly focus should be on art work that is burial related because it is a common thread and one that follows each culture. As the key is that they all influenced each other in this area.

***But I am having difficulty locating art of this form for the eras in question. I have found items that have been located in burials such as coins, pictures over tombs depicting the faces the buried but what is considered art and what is considered treasure or is it all art since what we consider art is different or alters from that period??? I have located urns (which are attached) for some eras but not other works and/or burial art and/or how they relate to their specific

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