The influences of Byzantine art and literature on the Catholic Church and the influence of the Church on these forms are wide spread and deep. This influence grew when the seat of the Byzantine Empire was located in Italy. The use of icons and aesthetic representations as opposed to realism by Byzantine artists fit well with the Catholic Church’s use of icons to inspire religious belief. Byzantine literature was used because it was thought to add to classical literature because of the rhythmic
Gladiators: The Great Entertainers of Ancient Rome From their inception until their disappearance following the reign of the Christian Emperor Constantine in 337 AD, the Roman gladiatorial games were a huge component of the Roman world. The content of entertainment that a society produces can be a huge influence on how that society lives and how its individuals perform their functions. The great Roman historian Tacitus alludes to the great affect the gladiator games played upon the Roman political
reign was not very remarkable, Charlemagne would soon become one of the all time greatest leaders of Western Europe. Over the next four decades, successful military campaigns brought much of Western Europe under his rule. As his empire continued to grow, Charlemagne’s influence of Western civilization became more significant. From the systematization of many aspects of daily life with law and Latin to his standardization of religion, Western Europe was changed dramatically under Charlemagne’s reign.
Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance - and Why They Fall, by Amy Chua analyzes the complex histories of empires that dominated the globe in addition to how they fell due to achieving domination. Chua’s overall thesis is that every hyperpower in history “described as having achieved global hegemony-- was ... extraordinarily pluralistic and tolerant during its rise to preeminence…. But here’s the catch.... tolerance eventually hit a tipping point, triggering conflict, hatred