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The GRECO-ROMAN WORLD, GRECO-ROMAN CULTURE, or the term _GRECO-ROMAN_ (/ˌɡrɛkoʊˈroʊmən/ or /ˌɡrɛkəˈroʊmən/ ; spelled GRAECO-ROMAN in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth ), when used as an adjective, as understood by modern scholars and writers, refers to those geographical regions and countries that culturally (and so historically) were directly, long-term, and intimately influenced by the language, culture, government and religion of the ancient Greeks and Romans (including the _Byzantine _ and _Western Roman _ Empires). In exact terms the area refers to the "Mediterranean world ", the extensive tracts of land centered on the Mediterranean and Black Sea basins, the "swimming-pool and spa" of the Greeks and Romans, i.e. one wherein the cultural perceptions, ideas and sensitivities of these peoples were dominant.

This process was aided by the seemingly universal adoption of Greek as the language of intellectual culture and at least Eastern commerce, and of Latin as the tongue for public management and forensic advocacy, especially in the West (from the perspective of the Mediterranean Sea ).

Though these languages never became the native idioms of the rural peasants (the great majority of the population), they were the languages of the urbanites and cosmopolitan elites, and at the very least intelligible (see lingua franca ), if only as corrupt or multifarious dialects to those who lived within the large territories and populations outside of the Macedonian settlements and the Roman colonies. Certainly, all men of note and accomplishment, whatever their ethnic extractions, spoke and wrote in Greek and/or Latin. Thus, the Roman jurist and Imperial chancellor Ulpian was Phoenician, the Greco-Egyptian mathematician and geographer Claudius Ptolemy was a Roman citizen and the famous post-Constantinian thinkers John Chrysostom and Augustine were part Syrian and part Berber , respectively. The historian Josephus Flavius was Jewish but he also wrote and spoke in Greek and was a Roman citizen.

CONTENTS

* 1 Cores/Domains of the Greco-Roman world * 2 Culture * 3 Architecture * 4 Politics * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 Sources

CORES/DOMAINS OF THE GRECO-ROMAN WORLD

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A map of the ancient world, centred on Greece.

Based on the above definition, it can be confidently asserted that the "cores" of the Greco-Roman world were Greece , Cyprus , Italy , the Iberian Peninsula , Asia Minor (roughly corresponds to modern Turkey ), Gaul (modern France), Syria , Egypt and Africa Proper ( Tunisia and Libya ). Occupying the periphery of this world were "Roman Germany" (the Alpine countries and the so-called Agri Decumates , the territory between the Main , the Rhine and the Danube ), Illyria and Pannonia (the former Yugoslavia , Albania , and Hungary ), and Moesia (roughly corresponds to modern Bulgaria ). Europe´s Cultural Fields

Also included was Dacia (roughly corresponds to modern Romania ), Nubia (roughly corresponds to modern northern Sudan ), Mauretania (modern Morocco and western Algeria ), Arabia Petraea (the Hejaz and Jordan , with modern Egypt's Sinai Peninsula ), the Tauric Chersonesus (modern Crimea in Ukraine ).

The above seems to ignore the major rivalry between the Greco-Romans, during their period of ascendancy, and the great empire to the east, the Persians. See Xenophon,The Anabasis, or, the March Up Country, the Greco-Persian wars, the famous battles of Marathon and Salamis, the Greek tragedy "The Persians" by Aeschylus, Alexander the Great's defeat of the Persian emperor Darius and conquest of the Persian empire, or, the later Roman generals' difficulties with the Persian armies, such as Pompey the Great, and of Marcus Licinius Crassus (conqueror of the slave general Spartacus), who was defeated in the field by a Persian force, and was beheaded by them. (Ref: Appian, The Civil Wars).

CULTURE

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In the schools of art , philosophy and rhetoric , the foundations of education were transmitted throughout the lands of Greek and Roman rule. Within its educated class spanning all of the "Greco-Roman" era, the testimony of literary borrowings and influences is overwhelming proof of a mantle of mutual knowledge. For example, several hundred papyrus volumes found in a Roman villa at Herculaneum are in Greek. From the lives of Cicero and Julius Caesar , it is known that Romans frequented the schools in Greece.

The installation, both in Greek and Latin , of Augustus 's monumental eulogy, the Res Gestae , is a proof of official recognition for the dual vehicles of the common culture. The familiarity of figures from Roman legend and history in the "Parallel Lives" composed by Plutarch is one example of the extent to which "universal history " was then synonymous with the accomplishments of famous Latins and Hellenes . Most educated Romans were likely bilingual in Greek and Latin.

ARCHITECTURE

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"Greco-Roman" architecture is architecture of the Roman world that followed the principles and style established in ancient Greece. The most representative building of that era was the temple. Other prominent structures that represented the style included government buildings, like the Roman Senate, and cultural structures, like the Colosseum. The three primary styles of column design used in temples in classical Greece were Doric, Ionic and Corinthian. Some examples of Doric architecture are the Parthenon and the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens, while the Erechtheum, which is located right next to the Parthenon is Ionic. Ionic Greco-Roman architecture tend to be more decorative than the formal Doric style.

POLITICS

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The Romans made it possible for individuals from subject peoples to acquire Roman citizenship and would sometimes confer citizenship on whole communities; thus, "Roman" became less and less an ethnic and more and more a political designation.

By AD 211, with Caracalla 's edict known as the _Constitutio Antoniniana _, all free inhabitants of the Empire became citizens. As a result, even after the Fall of Rome , the people of the empire that remained (later referred to by many historians as the Byzantine Empire ) continued to call themselves Romans even though Greek became the main language of the Empire. _Rhomaioi_ is what they continued to call themselves (_Hellenes_ referring to pagan Greeks) through the Ottoman era and even into modern times.

SEE ALSO

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* Classical Antiquity * Classical mythology * Legacy of the Roman Empire * Greco-Roman mysteries * Hellenistic Greece * Magic in the Greco-Roman world * List of Greco-Roman geographers

REFERENCES

SOURCES

* Sir William Smith (ed). _Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography_. London: Spottiswoode and Co, 1873. * Simon Hornblower and Antony Spawforth (ed). _Oxford Classical Dictionary_. Oxford University Press, 2003.

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Ancient Greece

* Outline * Timeline

* History * Geography

PERIODS

* Cycladic civilization * Minoan civilization * Mycenaean civilization * Greek Dark Ages * Archaic period * Classical Greece * Hellenistic Greece * Roman Greece

GEOGRAPHY

* Aegean Sea * Aeolis * Alexandria * Antioch * Cappadocia * Crete * Cyprus * Doris * Ephesus * Epirus * Hellespont * Ionia * Ionian Sea * Macedonia * Magna Graecia * Miletus * Peloponnesus * Pergamon * Pontus * Taurica * Ancient Greek colonies

* City states * Politics * Military

CITY STATES

* Argos * Athens * Byzantion * Chalcis * Corinth * Eretria * Kerkyra * Larissa * Megalopolis * Megara * Rhodes * Samos * Sparta * Syracuse * Thebes

POLITICS

* Boeotarch * Boule * Koinon * Proxeny * Strategos * Tagus * Tyrant * Amphictyonic League

ATHENIAN

* Agora * Areopagus * Ecclesia * Graphē paranómōn * Heliaia * Ostracism

SPARTAN

* Apella * Ephor * Gerousia * Harmost

MACEDON

* Synedrion * Koinon

MILITARY

* Wars * Athenian military * Antigonid Macedonian army * Army of Macedon * Ballista * Cretan archers * Hellenistic armies * Hippeis * Hoplite * Hetairoi * Macedonian phalanx * Phalanx * Peltast * Pezhetairos * Sarissa * Sacred Band of Thebes * Sciritae * Seleucid army * Spartan army * Toxotai * Xiphos * Xyston

PEOPLE

List of ancient Greeks

RULERS

* Kings of Argos * Archons of Athens * Kings of Athens * Kings of Commagene * Diadochi * Kings of Lydia * Kings of Macedonia * Kings of Paionia * Attalid kings of Pergamon * Kings of Pontus * Kings of Sparta * Tyrants of Syracuse

PHILOSOPHERS

* Anaxagoras * Anaximander * Anaximenes * Antisthenes * Aristotle * Democritus * Diogenes of Sinope * Empedocles * Epicurus * Gorgias * Heraclitus * Hypatia * Leucippus * Parmenides * Plato * Protagoras * Pythagoras * Socrates * Thales * Zeno

AUTHORS

* Aeschylus * Aesop * Alcaeus * Archilochus * Aristophanes * Bacchylides * Euripides * Herodotus * Hesiod * Hipponax * Homer * Ibycus * Lucian * Menander * Mimnermus * Panyassis * Philocles * Pindar * Plutarch * Polybius * Sappho * Simonides * Sophocles * Stesichorus * Theognis * Thucydides * Timocreon * Tyrtaeus * Xenophon

OTHERS

* Agesilaus II * Agis II * Alcibiades * Alexander the Great * Aratus * Archimedes * Aspasia * Demosthenes * Epaminondas * Euclid * Hipparchus * Hippocrates * Leonidas * Lycurgus * Lysander * Milo of Croton * Miltiades * Pausanias * Pericles * Philip of Macedon * Philopoemen * Praxiteles * Ptolemy * Pyrrhus * Solon * Themistocles

GROUPS

* Philosophers * Playwrights * Poets * Tyrants

BY CULTURE

* Ancient Greek tribes * Thracian Greeks * Ancient Macedonians

* Society * Culture

SOCIETY

* Agriculture * Calendar * Clothing * Coinage * Cuisine * Economy * Education * Festivals * Funeral and burial practices * Homosexuality * Law * Olympic Games * Pederasty * Philosophy * Prostitution * Religion * Slavery * Warfare * Wedding customs * Wine

* Arts * Sciences

* Architecture ( Greek Revival architecture ) * Astronomy * Literature * Mathematics * Medicine * Music (Musical system ) * Pottery * Sculpture * Technology * Theatre

RELIGION

* Funeral and burial practices

* Mythology

* mythological figures

* Temple * Twelve Olympians * Underworld

SACRED PLACES

* Eleusis * Delphi * Delos * Dodona * Mount Olympus * Olympia

STRUCTURES

* Athenian Treasury * Lion Gate * Long Walls * Philippeion * Theatre of Dionysus * Tunnel of Eupalinos

TEMPLES

* Aphaea * Artemis * Athena Nike * Erechtheion * Hephaestus * Hera (Olympia) * Parthenon * Samothrace * Zeus (Olympia)

LANGUAGE

* Proto-Greek * Mycenaean * Homeric

* Dialects

* Aeolic * Arcadocypriot * Attic * Doric * Ionic * Locrian * Macedonian * Pamphylian

* Koine

WRITING

* Linear A * Linear B * Cypriot syllabary * Greek alphabet * Greek numerals * Attic numerals

LISTS

* Cities

* in Epirus

* People * Place names * Stoae * Temples * Theatres

* _ Category * Portal

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Ancient Rome topics

* Outline * Timeline

EPOCHS

* Foundation * Kingdom (overthrow ) * Republic

EMPIRE

* ( Pax Romana _ * Principate * Dominate ) * Western Empire (fall * historiography of the fall ) * Eastern (Byzantine) Empire (decline * fall )

CONSTITUTION

* History * Kingdom * Republic * Empire * Late Empire * Senate * Legislative assemblies (Curiate * Centuriate * Tribal * Plebeian ) * Executive magistrates * SPQR

GOVERNMENT

* Curia * Forum * Cursus honorum * Collegiality * Emperor * Legatus * Dux * Officium * Praefectus * Vicarius * Vigintisexviri * Lictor * Magister militum * Imperator * Princeps senatus * Pontifex Maximus * Augustus * Caesar * Tetrarch * Optimates * Populares * Province

MAGISTRATES

ORDINARY

* Tribune * Quaestor * Aedile * Praetor * Consul * Censor * Promagistrate * Governor

EXTRAORDINARY

* Dictator * Magister Equitum * Decemviri * Consular Tribune * Triumvir * Rex * Interrex

LAW

* Twelve Tables * Mos maiorum * Citizenship * Auctoritas * Imperium * Status * Litigation

MILITARY

* Borders * Establishment * Structure * Campaigns * Political control * Strategy * Engineering * Frontiers and fortifications (castra ) * Technology * Army (Legion * Infantry tactics * Personal equipment * Siege engines ) * Navy (fleets ) * Auxiliaries * Decorations and punishments * Hippika gymnasia

ECONOMY

* Agriculture * Deforestation * Commerce * Finance * Currency * Republican currency * Imperial currency

TECHNOLOGY

* Abacus * Numerals * Civil engineering * Military engineering * Military technology * Aqueducts * Bridges * Circus * Concrete * Domes * Forum * Metallurgy * Roads * Sanitation * Thermae

CULTURE

* Architecture * Art * Bathing * Calendar * Clothing * Cosmetics * Cuisine * Hairstyles * Education * Literature * Music * Mythology * Religion * Romanization * Sexuality * Theatre * Wine

SOCIETY

* Patricians * Plebs * Conflict of the Orders * Secessio plebis * Equites * Gens * Tribes * Naming conventions * Demography * Women * Marriage * Adoption * Slavery * Bagaudae

LANGUAGE (LATIN)

* History * Alphabet * Versions (Old * Classical * Vulgar * Late * Medieval * Renaissance * New * Contemporary * Ecclesiastical ) * Romance languages

WRITERS

* Apuleius * Caesar * Catullus * Cicero * Ennius * Horace * Juvenal * Livy * Lucan * Lucretius * Martial * Ovid * Petronius * Phaedrus * Plautus * Pliny the Elder * Pliny the Younger * Propertius * Quintilian * Quintus Curtius Rufus * Sallust * Seneca * Statius * Suetonius * Tacitus * Terence * Tibullus * Marcus Terentius Varro * Virgil * Vitruvius

MAJOR CITIES

* Alexandria * Antioch * Aquileia * Berytus * Bononia * Carthage * Constantinopolis * Eboracum * Leptis Magna * Londinium *