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    It depends on when you are talking about.  Yeah, the late Republic was a very corrupt time.  You think our 1% were bad, read about Verres.  Or Late Antiquity, when the wealthy often fled the cities to their private estates.

    However, the Empire, despite the loss of political freedom for the Roman upper classes and dynastic violence, was a time of innovation and reform, especially in the provinces.

    Remember, we're talking about an empire that lasted from 753 BCE to 476 CE in the West, and until 1453 in the East.  An empire that at its height ran from the British Isles to the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, from the North Sea to the Sahara.  So it's rather hard to sum up Rome in a few words.

    That's 1229 years in the West, over five times as long as we've lasted.  We think we're hot shit?  We haven't even lasted 300 years.  We think the Romans are "evil"?  What would they think of us?  In just the first fifty years in the 20th Century, we managed to murder over 130 million people.  That's a low estimate, only taking the lower figures for big events like World War I, World War II, the Sino-Japanese War, the Chinese Civil War, the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, and Soviet Collectivization.  The Romans would conclude that we're batshit kill-crazy.  Maybe they're right.

    Tell me what to write. 'To know what is right and to do it are two different things.' - Chushingura, a tale of The Forty-Seven Ronin

    by rbird on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 05:03:57 PM PDT

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