Rome Essay Topics

Roman Catacombs

The catacombs that were found in Rome were due in part that there was a law that prohibited the burial of people within city limits. Before the catacombs were used by the Romans, they were Pagans and practiced cremation but later became Christians. The Christians had the faith of using catacombs to bury the dead…. View Article

The Roman Colosseum: A History

Imagine waking up with the sun each morning. Working hard as you can carrying huge pieces of rock and rarely getting a break to eat and rest. You are a slave and gain nothing from this besides the fact you know you will be granted life, and your family will be left alone. If you… View Article

Caesar Biography Exam

1. Which speech was more persuasive? Explain your answer. * Anthony’s speech was more persuasive because all the people were convinced and went with what he said. 2. What examples of appeals to emotion did Brutus use? What examples did Antony use? Who handled the appeal to emotion better? Explain your answer. * Brutus used… View Article

The Rape of Lucretia

Roman culture was largely based on the citizens’ honor. Honor was one of the most important aspects of a Roman citizen’s life. Honor was very important to Roman society. Lucretia displayed her honor in two ways, first she served Sextus Tarquinius and his men, and then she killed herself after being raped by Sextus Tarquinius,… View Article

Italian Neorealism in Rome, Open City, Bicycle Thieves, and The Road

I. Introduction Rossellini’s Rome, Open City, De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves, and Fellini’s The Road share common ground in their makers’ country of origin and the general theme appropriated:  they are all made by Italian filmmakers to convey the reality of their country during the post-World War II era.  Above the typical collective philosophies of an… View Article

The Baths of Caracalla

The baths of Caracalla were enormous buildings, with huge frescoed vaults covering the massive rooms. Constructed which began in 212AD and took approximately five year to complete. The original name of the bath was called the Thermae Antoninanae. (power) The baths of Caracalla was a great accomplishment in Greek history and was shown evidentially threw… View Article

Early Renaissance in Florence and High Renaissance in Rome

The Early Renaissance was founded in Florence, Italy in the 15th century. It probably flousrished in Florence because of its location, being that it is in the center of Italy. This period was called Renaissance because it means “rebirth” There was a revival of interest in the classical art, targeted especially towards the ideas of… View Article

Julius Caesar ACT II Study Guide Questions

1. Through the analogy of a ladder, how does Brutus explain what happens when someone gains power? 2. To what does Brutus compare Caesar? Why does Brutus feel that he must kill Caesar immediately? 3. What day is it? Why is this significant? 4. Brutus explains that he has not been able to sleep. How… View Article

Western Civilization

Rome was one of the greatest empires that ever lived. With all of its power, it was the center of the world. Rome was a united empire and with the support of its citizens the empire went on to live for many years. Rome had many strengths such as wealth, location, and especially their military…. View Article

Supernatural in Julius Caesar

The play _Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare_ includes many references of superstitions and omens. These references played an important role in the development of the plot and characters. Shakespeare used elements such as weather, old beliefs, and people’s visions to portray messages to the audience. Through the use of superstitions and omens, Shakespeare foreshadowed Caesar’s… View Article

Narrative Essay – My trip to Italy

I could feel the anticipation rising within myself knowing that my trip to Italy was just a few weeks away. I had waited my whole life for this one moment. It was near the month of April, and that meant spring break was just right around the corner. To give a little bit of background,… View Article

What significance does he have in the play: Antony & Cleopatra

Enobarbus is a significant character in Shakespeare’s play and contributes to the drama in a number of ways. He is sympathetic to Antony from the start and is his most loyal and devoted friend which allows him to speak freely, even when he is critical of Antony. Shakespeare is able to use Enobarbus as a… View Article

Why was the Roman Army so Successful?

The legions of Rome were one of the biggest factors in Rome’s success as an empire. They conquered vast quantities of land, and were often used by the government to improve the morale of people living in cities, which often had parts that were cramped and unsanitary. The legions were set apart from contemporary armies… View Article

Spartacus and his contribution to Roman History

Spartacus was born in Thrace (which is now in modern day Greece) in the first century BC as a freeborn provincial. He served as an auxiliary in the Roman Army in Macedonia where he then deserted the army and was outlawed, captured and sold into slavery. He was then purchased by Lentulus Batiatus and trained… View Article

The Roman Colosseum

The Roman Colosseum has had a major influence on many buildings and structures through-out our history. Even to this day it is possible to find it’s architecture in many different forms. One of today’s structures which seems to closely resemble it, is the modern football stadia. Like the Roman Colosseum, many are built in a… View Article

Qualities of a Good Ruler

In history, the main reason why a nation prospers is because of its leader. The best written piece I have come across on this topic is Niccolo Machiavelli’s book, “The Prince”. A leader should be intelligent, strong, caring and devoted to his subjects. Although people have different opinions in the qualities of a good ruler,… View Article

Pompeii: Some primary sources for pompeii

Temple of Jupiter At the northern side of the Forum is the Temple of Jupiter. Built in 150 B.C it was Pompeii’s main temple. A Capitolium in structure and in pure Italic style, the temple was constructed on a high base, with a double flight of stairs at its front. Inside the temple lay the… View Article

Mark Antony: Loyal Friend or Cunning Politician

Mark Antony was a cunning, strong-willed, and loyal Roman. He was a devoted friend to Caesar. He looked at life as a game in which he had a significant part to play, and played that part with excellent refinement and skill. Antony was a devoted follower of Julius Caesar. Because he was a good friend,… View Article

Manipulation In Julius Caesar

In the play “Julius Caesar”, Shakespeare displays his characters as being manipulative and persuasive. This is illustrated in various parts of the play, such as at the beginning when Brutus was manipulated by Cassius, and then again when Antony manipulated the Roman citizens. Shakespeare first introduces the technique of manipulation and persuasion at the beginning… View Article

Literary Essay – Julius Caesar

As humans, none of us are entirely good or entirely evil. It is the same with the characters in the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. While many are portrayed as good or evil, none really are. This can be more easily explained through the characters Brutus, Marc Antony and Julius Caesar. From the very… View Article

The Justinian Code

The Justinian Code came about when emperor Justinian, or Flavius Petrus Sabbatius Justinianus, decided to codify existing Roman Law, as well as add some of his own. This code had a great effect on the law of the land, and remains as the foundation of law in many western nations to this day. Despite it’s… View Article

Greece and Rome: Comparison

In comparing Greece and Rome, I will start by pointing out that both Greece and Rome started out as city-states. Rome looked to Greece as a model while acquiring its foundation as a city-state. This fact makes it both simple, and hard to give a comparison essay of the two city-states. It is simple because… View Article

The Influence of Humanism in the Architecture

Throughout history, there have been numerous factors that have influenced the development of western architecture. The most influential factor of classical architecture was humanism. The ideology of humanism is an attitude centered chiefly in the values, interests, and potential of human beings (Webster’s II New Riverside Dictionary 205). Humanism is what leads to the development… View Article

Influential Leaders: Julius Caesar Vs. Mahatma Gandhi

Influential Leaders: Julius Caesar vs. Mahatma Gandhi Julius Caesar and Mahatma Gandhi were both leaders from different countries and time periods. Based on the play, “Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare, and the movie, “Mahatma Gandhi” directed by Richard Attenborough it is apparent that these two men were in some way very several similar and in… View Article

How accurate is the film Gladiator

Gladiator is a wonderful story and won Best Picture in 2000. Even though the movie is so well done it does not mean that the story is historically accurate. The movie includes many historically accurate facts ranging from some of the characters to the society of Rome. However, Gladiator is for pure entertainment, and just… View Article

Christianity in the Roman empire

The Ancient Romans were polytheistic, thus believed in pagan gods and worshipped idols. After some time, a new religion called Christianity rose among the people of Judea. However, as soon as it appeared the Romans started to persecute Christians for not worshipping the emperor and for refusing to go to the army. Even though Christians… View Article

Use Of Literary Devices In Julius Caesar

Authors use literary devices in their works for a variety of reasons. The same holds true in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. The use of these devices has an effect on the plot’s development. Several literary devices can be seen in Julius Caesar, and they all have an effect on the plot. Foreshadowing is a key literary… View Article

Design of the Roman Colosseum

Vitruvius considered that architecture needed to satisfy three requirements, ‘commodity’, ‘firmness’ and ‘delight’. This level of thought is certainly evident in the form of the Colosseum. The design of the Colosseum had to fulfil various aspects of function. The architect provided space through the use of the oval shape, which could fit more people around… View Article

Document Analysis The Marriage of the Virgin

I have chosen The Marriage of the Virgin as a document analysis because I want to contrast this work with works of Perugino, especially Christ giving the Keys to St Peter (1481-1482) and also The Marriage of the Virgin (1500-1504). Raphael was commissioned to produce the work by the Albizzini family of Citta di Castello… View Article