At a first glance, the answer to this question seems ridiculously easy. These masterpieces survived in written forms in books and on digital devices. Of course, the contemporary copies of books of distinguished thought leaders of ancient times are copies of the originals.
What would an ancient Roman say about architecture and sculptures of today? Probably something along those lines... "They say all change is good. Of course I do appreciate when a civilization develops and I think the world should be going forward. Back in my times, I gladly welcomed aqueducts to our region and I’ve taken a liking to town baths, as well as to the new social system – finally I had a chance for social advancement. I also understand cultural changes and technological advances. But what is happening in Italy nowadays, with the presumed successors of ancient Rome, is beyond outrageous!
17 March 45 BC a battle that is supposed to end the civil war breaks out. 30 thousand soldiers are about to fight for Caesar against Gnaeus Pompeius. Caesar has promised his soldiers that this is going to be their last fight after all the hardship they had to endure for the past 16 years on the area from Brittany to North Africa and from Spain to Greece. Now they are on a slope below Munda and are awaiting the signal for battle. And here it is!
Jesus is sentenced to death. Soldiers decorate his head with a crown of thorns. They put a cross on his back, which he carries to the top of Calvary in sweat and tears. He is nailed to the cross and put amongst the other condemned men. He is left to die of exhaustion and of the wounds he’s suffering. When the guards aren’t looking, Jesus takes his chance, slips off the cross and runs away. Is that not what happened? It would have been, had the Romans not known how to crucify people.
Inhabitants of a small Roman town in the Gulf of Naples by the foot of Mount Vesuvius are confident about their future – the fertile soil of this place once again secured a great grape harvest. Marcus Nonius Dama, a former slave from Syria, now a full citizen of Rome, lives in one of the stone houses by the main street. He and his family are getting ready for a meal when suddenly the earth begins to shake.