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Influences of Greece and Rome

Ancient Greece has been called "the birthplace," or "the cradle" of western civilization, having developed a way of life thousands of years ago that other people admired and copied. When ancient Greece eventually became a part of the Roman Empire, many traditions, economic principals, government practices, and artistic methods were adopted.  From the 3rd century BCE to 5th century ACE, Roman control spread across much of western Europe, eventually ruling sections of the Middle East in the 15th century. Consisting of millions of people practicing different religions and speaking a variety of languages, all were united as Roman citizens. Exploring both the lasting influences of these ancient civilizations, as well as the parallels to modern government and society, this resource can be used both in the Museum's galleries and the classroom.  We encourage you to start by looking at the works presented, and then consider the question and information provided.

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