Rome and America

comparative Essay
645 words
645 words

Roman Civilization and Contemporary America
The civilization of the Roman Republic and the Empire that followed it was the first of its kind. Earlier civilizations had been based on a more abstract worldview that led humans to be creative for the will of the gods or to preserve the institutions that fostered rational thought. Rome started as a simple, self-reliant nation made up of farmers who lived the best they could to support their families and community. With an intense drive to succeed and its advanced military, Rome became the greatest civilization of its time. The civilization of 21st century America can follow its roots two thousand years back to Rome.
Rome could not have succeeded without the personal freedom and individuality granted to its citizens. This nurtured a creative and inventive mind, which would not be hindered by the limitations of oppressive monarchies. People lived for their own greater good more than the government, as in America. America and Rome both produced technologies that made their economies dominate over their neighbors, appreciating the value of their currencies. A strong sense of peace and order helped each country thrive, as the fear of trading and making money dissipated. The Roman military was the most advanced of its day. Soldiers were more equipped and armed than any other army, and the best methods of siege craft were employed in battle. The American military shares the sam...

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the roman republic and the empire that followed it was the first of its kind, based on an abstract worldview that led humans to be creative for the will of the gods.
  • Compares the roman and american social welfare systems. both civilizations are known for allowing their conquered to enjoy a certain amount of liberty.
  • Compares the technology available to the romans and americans, and explains that american citizens have a closer eye on society, especially its political institutions.
  • Opines that american civilization is ultimately better than roman civilization because more freedom of the individual is guaranteed.
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