Posted On: Nov. 20, 2017
History Discussion 1: Roman Legacy • Describe a specific example of life in Ancient Rome that is found in contemporary life in the U.S. Life in ancient Roman cities was confined in the central business district. Most of the Romans would go for shopping or trading to these places. They would also spend time in participating and celebrating festivals and religious ceremonies. There used to be a place called Forum, where people would express their opinions and influence others by discussions. They would out of the way to elicit support for any particular issue which was of their own interest or was beneficial for public and community at large. In contemporary life in the U.S. we see something similar in nature. Our cities are built around central business district, and people go for shopping and entertainment over there. In modern towns, these central business districts are called downtown. • Describe one way that you see a particular tenet of Roman philosophy reflected in the modern Western worldview. There are several tenets that we witness today, which are reminders of what was prevalent in ancient Rome. One of the examples is that of democracy where people were encouraged o vote and elect a government of their own choice. We have also evolved a system of voting where a popular government is elected for a period of four years at a stretch. There is an open system of choosing a candidate of own choice. There are preliminaries and finals. Then we have debates where discussions take place between the rival candidates of topics of current and national issues. Opinions are sought and discussed in a decent and well organized manner. This is what used to happen in ancient Rome and our present day The Romans made great contributions in the political, art, religious and engineering fields. They developed the alphabet and twelve-months calendar as we know it today. RE: Week 4 Discussion 1 One thing you may wish to consider is why the U.S. Capitol Building uses Roman architecture (a dome) for its form? What does this communicate? Ancient Rome achieved many great accomplishments that have influenced many cultures. The influence of Roman culture can be seen in the use of arch. An arch as we all know is a curved structure that is normally made of stone, brick, concrete or steel. Its primary objective is to provide support to a building. Arches are supported by wooden frames during construction. The ancient Romans created an arch that could support huge amounts of weight. They could do it with judicious use of concrete. The symbolism of dome in US capitol building is in the size of the dome. By nature of design, domes are built of great heights and also cover vast spaces. Thus they inspire others .The Capitol's iron dome is an easily recognizable American symbol. Its ingenious engineering and majestic beauty has been admired by all and sundry Discussion 2: Augustine’s Christianity • Describe a specific aspect you see in the art and/or architecture of Ravenna that reflects Augustine’s views of Christianity found in Confessions and The City of God. While examining the art and the architectural aspects of Ravenna, one cannot help noticing the beautiful works that inspire others. They feel the true reason for being a Christian. Light appears to be a strong metaphor for Augustine, that represent the words uttered by God. In San Vital, one can see a Church building which is shaped like an odd octagon. It is believed that only true ideas can be “illuminated” by the words expressed by God, according to Augustine, one can get a building constructed that has its interior illuminated to illustrate this point of view. It does not matter where the sun lies or in which celestial position it is. The idea of Christianity is eternal in nature. it is through eternal life that only God can issue you pardon for all the wrong things you do in life, whether it is knowingly or unknowingly. The Theodora mosaic is symbolic of this promise of eternal life, through an eternal fountain of life, one transcends the natural world, or the earthly city and into the city of God for all eternity.