Manasha Bhetwal: Roman Art

Roman art was greatly influenced by the Etruscan and similar to Greek arts. They are mostly known for their mosaics which scientists use today to depict the clothes, food, or tools of the time. Mosaics were part of everyday features and more frequently displayed in the houses of the wealthy. In Ancient Rome, music was also a big deal. They were played for a wide range of activities like the following: funerals, gladiatorial spectacles, gatherings, or for the military. Music back then was monophonic, in other words, single melodies with no actual tune, but Ancient Romans considered it a great advancement. While stage performing was considered for the lowly, singing was a sign of education. Dancing was also a form of art in Rome, as the rich hosted lavish dinner parties with semi-nude, professional dancers entertaining the guests.

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