The Most Important Elements of the Ancient European Civilization

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Throughout the agricultural eras in the Mediterranean region, different ethnic groups settled and mixed in order to form various cultures and religions. The civilizations of ancient Europe were born from a combination of these ethnic group settlements. The most notable and longest lasting of these settlements was the Roman Empire. This state, formed in the 3rd century BC, eventually developed into one of the most powerful states in the ancient world. With its sophisticated and organized political structure, the Roman Empire exerted a great control over the ancient world through its military and trade ventures.

Rome Became The Center Of The Roman Economy

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The government, the army, and the culture all reflected Roman standards and ideas. From the earliest times, Rome has been influenced by art, science, and technology. Today, this Italian city serves as one of the world’s major business centers and is home to their quarter, the Roman Forum, and the House of the Vestals.

The ancient civilization of the Mediterranean region, unlike that of ancient Rome, did not have a standing army. Rather, it relied on auxiliary fortifications, small units of warriors, and city walls to protect its highly industrialized cities from attack. These city walls included fortifications such as the wall of the forum at Rome. The Romans did not rely on their archers and heavy troops, but on their speedy swords and light armor. As a result, they rarely engaged in open battle, preferring instead to make the most of their heavy armor and shields in close encounters.

Complex Political Structures

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The ancient world also had very complex political structures. The ancient Greek city-state of Athens established a polis, or city-state, which was ruled by a monarch, or monarchical head of state. In ancient Greece, similar institutions to those of the modern state existed. The ruling party in ancient Greece elected the members of the council who would then make decisions for the community based on consensus. Unlike the monarchical government of ancient Greece, the representatives of the demos or “common citizens” participated in political decision making.

One of the most enduring legacies of the ancient civilization of the ancient world was the art and architecture, it produced. The architecture of the ancient world had great visual appeal because of its use of large, sweeping statues and intricately carved buildings. The use of colored glass and highly polished metals also added to the visual appeal of the ancient world’s architecture.

One of the most important aspects of the ancient civilization of the ancient world was music. The ancients developed many different styles of music and some of these can still be heard today. Some of the most popular ancient types of music include the round rattle of the Polynesian tambourine, the clanging of the Polynesian tiara, and the wailing of the Polynesian ghodiyu. One of the most famous works of music from the ancient era is the so called Greek Trantorrhiza (the Sooteenth) by Archontides the Younger. It is also noteworthy that some of the most important ancient works of music are still in existence today in museums all over Europe and the United States.

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In addition to the above mentioned ancient European societies, there were many other ancient world cultures that contributed to the formation of the European continent. These cultures were ancient as well as complex. The Romans were known for their influence on other cultures such as the Ancient Chinese, who had their own sophisticated writing system. The Chinese built their cities on hillsides and relied heavily on aqueducts for water. The Ancient Egyptians and the Hebrews created the world map we know today, and the Romans and Greeks developed writing systems that have withstood the test of time for hundreds of years.

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