Roman Influence On Western Civilization

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Western civilization is the name of a modern or contemporary society that includes Western Europe and North America. The influence of ancient cultures, which mainly are Greek and Roman are known to have a great role in the civilization’s appearance. It has been in place for centuries. During its existence, it moved from a kingdom to an Oligarchic Republic then to an expanding Autocratic Empire. Roman civilization grew to dominate Southwestern Europe, Southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean area through capture and assimilation. The Roman greatness was known by their eagerness to hear other peoples ideas for their benefits. As an example, their architecture, technology, city planning, art and military planning are all the result of other…show more content…
In accesssion to their own contribution to the civilization, they brought the Greek ideas down to earth modifying them and spreading them throughout the western world. In fact without Roman triumph, Greek ideas would not have reached the west. If the Roman sense of social accountability to temper the individualism of Hellenistic Greece wouldn’t have existed, classical culture could have died without having any influence on the western world. Therefore we agree without doubt that the Roman Empire had an colossal influence on western…show more content…
Historical opinion is divided as to the reasons for the Fall of Rome, but the societal collapse encompassed both the gradual disintegration of the political, economic, military, and other social institutions of Rome as well as the barbarian invasions of Western Europe. In England, several Germanic tribes invaded, including the Angles and Saxons. In Gaul (modern-day France, Belgium and parts of Switzerland) and Germania Inferior (The Netherlands), the Franks settled, in Iberia the Visigoths invaded and Italy was conquered by the Ostrogoths. To conclude,the slow decline of the Western Empire occurred over a period of roughly three centuries, culminating in 476, when Romulus Augustus, the last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire, was deposed by Odoacer, a Germanic chieftain. Some modern historians question the significance of this date, and not simply because Julius Nepos, the legitimate emperor recognized by the East Roman Empire, continued to live in Salona, Dalmatia, until he was assassinated in 480. More importantly, the Ostrogoths who succeeded considered themselves upholders of the direct line of Roman traditions and,according to the historian Edward
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