Christianity vs Greek Religion

RonPaulCurriculum Western Civilization Essay

How would you compare the teachings of Christianity, as described in the New Testament passages we read for this week, to the values cherished by earlier civilizations we have discussed (particularly the Greeks, and the values expressed in Homer’s works)?

So for today’s history essay, I am asked of how I would compare Christianity and Greek Religion, and if there’s anything common between it. There are some differences between them, for example, Christians are monotheistic, they believe in only one God who is omnipotent, but the Greeks were polytheistic, they believe in multiple gods, who have their own qualities, different strengths, and weakness.

The Greek gods described by Homer’s work were treacherous, unpredictable, and mischievous. They were to their necks with the other gods and were always seeking revenge. The people did what they could to please the Gods and sacrifice what they could. Each household would worship different Gods seeing that there were many different Gods.

Christianity, on the other hand, focused on God loving and caring about the people. They worshipped one God who was omnipotent, he was the Almighty, they prayed when they needed help, advice, etc.

There aren’t many similarities if any, Christianity focuses on loving God, but in Greek and Roman religion it’s more like, as long as you please the God then you are spared. The Greeks and Romans practiced syncretism, which means bringing other philosophies or gods and practicing them as their own, but Christianity didn’t include other beliefs, it just had its own and didn’t add anything.

In conclusion, Christianity is different from the other religions, they only believe in only one God who is omnipotent and caring, unlike the Greek or Roman religions where they were multiple gods, and these gods were reckless and were hastier. That’s it for this essay, I hope you liked it, and thanks for reading.

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What can I cut out of my weekly schedule in order to increase my efficiency?

RonPaulCurriculum Business I Essay

“What can I cut out of my weekly schedule in order to increase my efficiency?”. To increase my efficiency, I’m gonna have to cut some slack off. I’m fine with my schedule right now, but I guess I can cut some stuff out. On the weekdays I wake up about 7:30 in the morning, and start my schoolwork 8-ish, then I have lunch 12:30-1-ish, then continue on my schoolwork, I finish 3:30ish, but if I have an essay to do then I finish between 4:30-5:00, and go to sleep at 10:30.

I don’t sleep late that often on the weekdays, I get about 9-10 hrs of sleep, so I don’t think I need to change my sleep schedule. But after dinner, I usually have a couple hours before I need to go to sleep, and that’s when my and brother and I watch Netflix, so I guess I can cut a bit, like only an hour of television before I go to bed, and do some reading.

Another thing is procrastination, I don’t have bad procrastination, but I do procrastinate. Like if I have an essay to do, but I don’t feel like doing it, so I do it tomorrow. I don’t do this constantly, but I do it, and I should tell myself to do it, so I don’t have to do it tomorrow.

Those two things are probably the things I should focus on, especially the procrastination, it’s not that bad, but if I want to increase my efficiency, I should do my work. I don’t have much to say, so I’m ending it here, thanks for reading.

Which three time-allocation changes could increase my productivity the most

RonPaulCurriculum Business I Essay

“Which three time-allocation changes could increase my productivity the most. Why?” Well, when I start my schoolwork I usually start off with my RonPaulCurriculum stuff, which includes my history, English, business, and science, which are usually 20-30 mins long each, then I do my math, which is by book.

My math is probably the most time consuming, it takes about 2-3 hrs, and it’s a big chunk of the day, and I think I should start my day off with my math because it’ll take it off my shoulders so I don’t need to think about it. And the RonPaulCurriculum stuff is more simple, it’s all by video.

The second thing I should change that might increase my productivity is, exercising/getting off my chair and get the blood moving. I’m homeschooled, so I don’t get out that much if I were in school, so a good thing to do in between my breaks, is probably doing some sit-ups or push-ups to get my blood moving and get myself energized. I heard that sitting down a lot is bad for your posture, body, etc. and I sit around all day, so getting up once in awhile is a good idea.

I can’t really think of a third thing I should change, so in conclusion, I’m just going to focus on exercising and get my blood moving and probably doing my math first. I know this essay is a bit short, but I hope you liked this essay. Thanks for reading.

The Five Good Emperors and The Pantheon

RonPaulCurriculum Western Civilization Essay

The first question for history is about the Five Good Emperors. “Why do historians tend to look with favor on the period of the five good emperors? What differences do you observe between that period and the period from the death of Augustus through the death of Domitian?”. Between, Augustus rule, the first Roman Emperor till the last emperor of the Julian-Claudian and Flavian dynasty, Domitian, it was hell and a big mess. Some were emperors described as a tyrant and had mental problems, one was sadistic, etc. it was all messed up, until the good five emperors.

The five emperors include Nerva(96-98AD), Trajan(98-117AD), Hadrian(117-138AD), Antoninus Pius(138-161AD), and Marcus Aurelius(161-180). Each one adopted a son and appointed him as the heir, eg. Nerva adopted Trajan, Trajan adopted Hadrian, etc. All except Marcus Aurelius, who had a son, Commodus, and named him his successor, but Commodus was unfit to be a ruler and was killed.

During their reigns, they lowered and lifted taxations, organized the construction of public buildings(Hadrian’s Wall, rebuilt the Pantheon, etc.), welcomed back citizens who were banished from the previous horrible emperors and gave them back their land, etc.

In conclusion, the five good emperors was well liked, and gave Rome some fresh air and take a break from all the problems from the previous era. But as soon as Aurelius appointed his biological son as heir, it went downhill again.

Today’s second question is to talk about one of the art I learned about earlier this week. The Pantheon is one of the places to see in Rome, it was built by Marcus Agrippa, then was burned down, but was rebuilt by Hadrian in 125 AD.

The Pantheon is one of the best lasting Ancient Roman building. In the front, there’s a portico, which is basically a porch with columns and a triangular roof, but on the inside, there’s a huge and beautiful dome with a hole at the top of the dome that lets light in called an oculus.

The diameter of the dome is 43.3 m(142 ft) and the height from the ground to the oculus is 43.3 m(142 ft), making a perfect sphere, compared to the U.S. Capitol dome who is only 96 ft in diameter. And it holds a record of the largest unreinforced concrete dome.

The oculus is not really useless, it acts a ventilation, and the only other opening was the doors who weighed a ton. The columns outside are 5ft in diameter, 39ft tall, and weighed 60 tons each! And let me tell you Hadrian had them carried from the Eastern Egypt mountains all the way to the Nile river, where it was put on a barge to Alexandria, and from their put on a ship to Rome.

In conclusion, the five good emperors were praised and well-liked by the public, did good things, compared to the Julian-Claudian and Flavian dynasty whereas some emperors were tyrants and just horrible, one wanted to be seen as a God, it was just awful. The Pantheon was burnt down, but rebuilt by Hadrian in 125 AD and is still in great shape, being one of the best-preserved building from Ancient Rome.

Thanks for reading, I hope you liked it.

Orestes

RonPaulCurriculum Western Literature Essay

“What would have been Orestes’ proper course of action, had he been living today? Why?”. Well, if you read my previous essay about Agamemnon and the Trojan War, then this essay is continuing the play Oresteia. In Oresteia, they’re three parts of the play, Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Eumenides.

Before answering my question today, let me keep you up to date. In Agamemnon, on the way to the Trojan War, he had to sacrifice his daughter Iphigenia to get favorable winds, then after ten long years the Trojan War finally ended, and on his way back home, little did he know that he would be killed by his own wife. His wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus planned his murder, one of the reasons is because he sacrificed their daughter, but also if he died, she and her lover would become the king and queen. So they killed him and his son Orestes sought revenge for his father’s murder and murdered his mother and her lover in cold-blood.

Now to answer the question, what would’ve Orestes done if he was living in modern times. In modern times, he would’ve reported his mom to the police and she’ll be taken to court and sent to jail for a number of years or for life. But if Orestes did get revenge and kill her and her lover, then he would’ve got caught and sent to court and will be punished for it. Back then in Greece, to get revenge on someone was justice, if you didn’t get revenge then you’d feel guilty because you didn’t do it.

But in modern times, its changed, you shouldn’t kill somebody for revenge, instead, do the right thing and turn them in and let the jury and judge decide their fate instead of taking matters in your own hand.

In conclusion, I understand why Orestes did kill his mother, but now if he did that, he would’ve been charged with murder. I hope you liked this essay, thanks for reading.

The Augustan Settlement and Life of Julius Caesar

RonPaulCurriculum Western Civilization Essay

What was the Augustan Settlement? How did Augustus balance his perceived need for absolute power with his concern to lend the impression that the republic had been restored and the old ways were being observed?”. Octavian(also known as Augustus later on) was Julius Caesars, the previous monarch, great-nephew, adopted son, and next to the throne. When he was appointed monarch, he knew that he shouldn’t be very public that only one man is in charge of all the military or else he’ll end up like Julius. But if he backs out Rome might begin a civil war or worse. So he has to find a way to balance it out.

And he did, in 27 BC, he handed over his powers to the Senate. But the Senate gave them back, in fear of a civil war starting or a dictator hungry for power, not only that they also gave him the name Augustus which is how he is known now. But they also gave him powers that no other man had control over.

So he was given these powers, but didn’t announce to the world he was in control almost everything and kept it low.

In 23 BC he was given tribunicia potestas, for life, which means he could establish a law, make citizens carry out his commands, veto any officials. In time, he became favorable to the people, and his idea worked.

And from the time he became dictator till his death in 14 AD, Rome was finally peaceful and had a break from war, bad dictatorship, etc. Both the people and Senate favored him.

My second topic for history is to summarize the important events in the life of Julius Caesar.

Julius Caesar(October 49 BC – March 44 BC) is an important Roman figure, being a politician and general in the army.

In 60 BC, he teamed up with Pompey(106 BC – 48 BC) and Crassus(115 BC – 53 BC) to create an unauthorized alliance they called the First Triumvirate. Its purpose was to help each one of them to their desired top places. To strengthen this alliance, Julius gave his daughter to Pompey to be wed.

Julius defeated Gaul and earned an army to himself. Things were going great until Crassus died and Pompey’s wife also died due to childbirth. So only Julius and Pompey were left, and the Senate favored Pompey more than Julius, so they appointed Pompey as sole consul.

Finally, in 49 BC, Julius headed towards Rome with his army, and Pompey knew his army was no match for Julius, so he fled, leaving Julius to take the throne. Pompey fled to Egypt where he was eventually assassinated.

So Julius became the dictator, his ruling was positive, and wasn’t power hungry. He made plans for things, renamed the calendar, established an army, and did a lot of good things. But the Senate still disliked him, and in the end, he was assassinated on March 15 44 BC.

In conclusion, Augustan found a way of keeping Rome in control but also making it seem that Rome was a republic country on the outside. And Julius created the First Triumvirate with Crassus and Pompey until Crassus died and things went down. Pompey was appointed consul, and Julius went after him, so he fled to Egypt where he was killed. And Julius became the dictator, and ruled well, but was assassinated by the Senate.

I hope you liked this essay, thanks for reading.