The Roman Empire
A review of the Roman empire and a discussion as to why Rome, which began as a city-state, was so much more successful than Athens in creating and maintaining an empire.
# 94028 | 1,034 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2006 |
Published on Apr 19, 2007 in Anthropology (General) , Anthropology (Europe) , History (General) , History (Greek and Roman)
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This paper describes the structure of the Roman empire during the time period known as the principate. The paper reviews how the Romans governed their provinces, what methods were used to secure and protect them, the taxation policies, ways in which Roman ideology and values were impressed upon subjugated peoples, and how the Romans exploited the natural and human resources of their conquests.
Rome over Athens?
Rome over Athens?
From the Paper:"The Romans imposed their ideology and value system upon conquered peoples through a long process of assimilation that generally took many years, if not several generations. The assimilation naturally begins with the conquest of a nation or territory by the Legions. In the fighting, many native warriors are killed, particularly any leaders or nobility that opposed the Romans. After the conquest, Rome appointed governors to rule the territory that were amicable to Roman rule, and often were native leaders that welcomed Roman influence in their homelands (usually for personal gain). Roman soldiers would settle in the new province, furthering the assimilation process by interbreeding with the native peoples. Roman temples were built to replace domestic religious sites. Young warriors would join the Roman army, which would serve to indoctrinate them into Roman culture and ways, including the use of Latin as a language- one of the rewards of military service was full Roman citizenship. Over the years, these factors would slowly change the native cultures until almost no vestiges of the original culture remained, and the people were living by Roman laws and customs. This assimilation process came to be known as "Romanization." "
Sample of Sources Used:
- "Principate." Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principate
- "Roman Governor." Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Governor
- "Romanization (cultural)." Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanization_%28cultural%29
- "Roman Provincial Government." UNRV History. http://www.unrv.com/government/provincialgovernment.php
- "Frequently Asked Questions." Roman Empire. http://www.roman-empire.net/diverse/faq.html
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