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16 February 2006 @ 09:01 am
art and ancient Rome  
Wow... so I'm absolutely fascinated with roman art (this was provoked by thumbing through a book ala B&N..) which in turn, due to my extreme nerdiness..led me to research "art and ancient Rome"-

The Roman sculptures and architectures were greatly influenced by the Greeks and occassionaly the Etruscans. Romans were influenced mostly by Greek art in many ways. It was because the variety of paintings, sculptures, and the different style of early architectures presented in every period of Roman history. The romans seem to have copied many art works from the early Greek to build their empire. Although the Etruscans had influenced the Romans and educated them to build fortifications, bridges, drainage systems and aqueducts but their understanding on both the art and language was limited to the Greek. The differences between the art of Roman and other civilizations were that every Roman arts whether were sculptures or architectures had served some purposes and played certain roles in the daily lives of Roman citizens. For example, Romans love to build small concrete buildings with vaulting systems. This unique system helps to construct much fine and greatest architecture for Romans such as the Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia, the Colosseum and the Basilica of Constantine. The Pantheon of Rome was also another striking example of fine Roman structure. These structures were often used for religion matters, public meetings and entertainment for every Roman citizen. If any Roman citizens wanted to have some fun, they would attend the Colosseum and watched the gladiatorial game or a series of chariot races. If some other citizens wanted to seek God or certain deity, they would likely to go to the Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia. In fact, architecture itself was significant in the lives of Roman citizens. The Roman sculptures were also very significant; they displayed the heritages and traditions for every Romans and played an important role in the history of Rome. For example, the statue of a Roman Patrician with two bust heads indicated the respect and memory toward the ancestors. The statue on Augustus of Primaporta displayed the climax and power of Roman Empire. Rome is home to many great architectures and paintings. It's a dream of mine that one day I could walk all across the city of Rome and sit on the stone pews of the Colosseum...
 
 
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