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Ben Taylor HMGT 771.01 September 25, 2017 The Imperial Vine The Imperial Vine outlines the differences in Roman and Greek cultures, and how wine ultimately made them similar. In the middle of the second century the Romans had become the dominant Mediterranean power over the Greeks. The Romans however picked up a lot from the Greek culture such as their language, Gods, and philosophy. Wine was seen as something that bridged the Greek and Roman values. A Roman named Cato the Elder stated that the Greeks were a bad influence on the Romans. The Greeks viewed wine as a drink for pleasure and the sophisticated, while the Romans viewed it as a drink to reward hard work. In the beginning of the second century BCE, the Greeks still dominated the wine trade with the Romans fast approaching. Romans embraced Greek wine and wine making techniques. As the wine production raised, the grain production decreased forcing Rome to have to import grains from Africa. Wine was becoming
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