The north of Europe here means the part of Europe which has
evolved apart from the direct Greco-Roman influences.
The cultures of the Iberian Peninsula, France and the British Isles
became influenced by the Romans very lately.
Furthermore, all the cultures which developed North of the Alps
like Germany, Denmark, Scandinavia, Island and East Europe
developed quite distinct from the Mediterranean Cultures.
These European Cultures share
common traditions which shows that their are all linked together.
The south part of Europe has been dominated by the Greco-Roman culture.
But even before the Greek or Roman culture became dominant the cultures
at the Mediterranean and the Black Sea share a common heritage.
Thus, we can subsume the ancient cults and cultures of the Mediterranean to
the Mediterranean Cultures.
The cultural development in the Middle East can not be viewed separately
from the Mediterranean culture. There was and is an important interchange
culturally and religiously.
In Asia the cultural roots are still very strong.
The Cultures of Asia had a very long tradition
which developed apart from Western culture.
The cultural roots of Africa goes deep into the past.
The African Cultures had a development apart
from the other cultures. Just the cultures of
Nubia which had close connection to the
cultures of Egypt at the river Nile.
After the first settlers moved from the North of Asia into America in the time of the
last Ice Age the cultural development of America evolved quite independently.
Just the cultures in the Arctic regions of the far north of America preserved their
cultural connections to Asia. However, these independent cultural traditions came to an
end after the European arrived. Today,
Christianity is the most common religion.
Nevertheless, in Middle and South America native traditions and religious practices have been
integrated into the Roman Catholicism.
Australia and the Pacific Ocean
The cultural development of Australia with their
is quite separated from the cultural development of the other cultures in
the Pacific region.