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Roman Art

Submitted by rmmcdonald on Fri, 10/18/2019 - 12:03

I thought it was interesting how Roman culture and art parallels so directly to leadership and military expansion at that time. During the Age of Plunder, the amount of new greek art greatly influenced sculptors at that time, bringing about a Hellenistic era of culture. Now, with the rise of Augustus the chaos of previous years of civil war have died down and the people of Rome can again switch their focus back to culture. Again Greek influence rises up, with Ovid's utilization of a specific form of Greek poetry. Although this style of Greek poetry had been in Rome for a while, Ovid repopularized it. I also find it ironic how during the time Greek culture was introduced that some Roman politicians were concerned about a moral decline. Ovid, who writes his work with Greek influence, often expresses scandalous ideas in his poetry, somewhat justifying politicians fears from a long time ago.