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How has ancient Roman art influenced the modern world?

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09/03/2017

Influential contributions to culture have a kind of immortality. The best place to observe this is in architecture. It is not uncommon for even starkly modern buildings to have stylised Roman arches and columns. Language, too, even while changing, keeps its link with the past, so that the make up of a word like "conspirators" (literally those who "breathe together") still has some ring of its original sense. In literature, it is often said that we are always telling over and over the same stories and this is because much of our literature can be traced back to prehistoric myths.

In other arts, such as music, there was a more or less complete break with the past with the fall of the Roman Empire. Nonetheless, the survival of Roman sculpture and literature had a tremendous influence on the works of the Renaissance and the discovery of the buried cities of Pompei and Herculaneum brought about renewed interest in classical styles in the period before the Industrial Revolution.

Also the Cubist painter Ferdnand Leger was strongly influenced by roman art as also the German Expressionist painter Max Beckmann. Roman art was an alternative for Classical or Greec art for many artists who looked for their art roots, as the abstract sculptor Wotruba and Henry Moore.|