Ancient Greece is known for its philosophers, playwrights, poets and artists. Ancient Rome is known for its arches, roads, and aqueducts. Throughout their interdependent histories, the ancient Greek and Roman societies shared a vast amount of knowledge and ideas, but the way they used their knowledge varied drastically. The primary difference between the worldview of the Greeks and that of the Romans is that the Romans strove for success through practicality in all of their endeavors. On the other hand, the Greeks, in particular the Athenians were idealists who thought that success would follow moral and academic superiority.
"The Ideal vs. The Practical,"
The Histories: Vol. 3
, Article 18.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.lasalle.edu/the_histories/vol3/iss1/18