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Lacey Miller

The Roman Empire ended nearly 2000 years ago but traces of it are all around us today. How do you see the influence of Roman art and culture in contemporary global society?

There are many influences from the Roman Empire that are apparent today. Sports stadiums, one of the most notable, with their oval design and staggered upward seating. This design was actually established by the Romans. We can see an example of this in the Colosseum and many other amphitheaters. Additionally, the Colosseum is made of concrete, a material widely used today. The Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard displays a series of arches. The Romans began the use of arches architecturally. This idea is still widely used for strength and design. We see it in our modern society everywhere we turn. As a society we continue to fashion our sculptures after achievements and achievers, something the Romans also began doing, rather than of gods, though we honestly still do that also.