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Traces of Ancient Rome in the Modern Age


The culture and ideas of ancient Rome influence the technology, science, art, literature, architecture and language of today. Even though it's been thousands of years since the Roman empire flourished, it's evident to see that it's still very much a part of our culture. From stadiums to books and even bridges, the Romans have helped to shape the world as we know it.

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Media and entertainment

Even though the Romans were influenced by ancient Greece, they made improvements to various inventions. Columns became more decorative and less structural, and large-scale curved roofs were created to support more unique constructions. This led to the creation of gladiator arenas.

The arenas and the people who fought in them have had a huge influence on today's media. Movies such as Gladiator, and themed games such as Gladiator Mega Cash Collect, which can be played at the online casino at Paddy Power Games, are heavily inspired by this era. Games like this feature icons such as gladiator helmets, with a Colosseum backdrop, and spear graphics, reflecting the theme of the arena.

There have even been full TV shows created about gladiator arenas and how life was back then, showing how represented ancient Rome is in today's media. Even though most gladiators were taken as slaves, they took great pride in battling it out in the arena, some of them going on to earn their freedom as a result. Even after earning their freedom, many stayed in the arena, choosing to fight to win the affection of the crowd.

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Technology and science

The ancient Romans pioneered several advances, especially in science and technology. They also established tools and methods which have helped to change the way that the world does things. The Romans were adept engineers and they had a solid understanding of physics. They developed aqueducts and better ways of aiding water flow. They powered mines and built extensive road networks. The Roman road system was so large, that it inspired the term 'all roads lead to Rome', which is still used today. The advancements of the Roman era went on to inspire the roads and irrigation systems we use today. Their refined ways of planting crops and irrigating fields are still used by modern farmers. Some of the techniques include pruning, crop rotation, manuring and even seed selection.

The Romans have even inspired our language. The use of Latin words is still present in our justice system, and even though the Roman era was notorious for implementing harsh punishments, it has helped to outline how proceedings happen today. In the Roman era, there were preliminary hearings, like there are today, and if there were grounds for a case then citizens would have to be presented as witnesses. Roman laws have helped to create the foundations for justice systems, including around much of Europe and in the US. This has again, inspired the creation of new media. For example, Apple TV+ released a popular documentary that details law and order in Rome, as well as the true crime stories that happened during that era.

All in all, it's evident to see that there are still traces of ancient Rome in the modern age. From entertainment to technological advancements and even law, ancient Rome has helped to shape our civilization. It's laid the foundation for our justice system and even inspired games, movies and TV shows.





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