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Rox asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Why was Rome so successful as an empire? Do you see any correlation between Rome & the US, as many have argued?

Why do you think Rome was so successful as an empire? Do you see any correlation between Rome and the United States, as many people have argued?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Rome was very successful because of its superior military authority. That is the main influential factor that cemented Roman power for nearly a thousand years. They had several advantages - rapid development of the latest technology and vast numbers of infantry along with a stable senate system and much wealth to fuel their ambitions. It had sewers to control waste, aqueducts for plumbing and paved roads for transport - which many other nations simply did not have.

    Rome had a large assortment of choices when it came to battle. Their army usually consisted of Hastati, Principe's or Legionary Cohort in the later years - marvelous soldiers and very useful ones to say the least. Having said this, they had access to exceptional horses as well and it was this mixture of troops that was a deciding factor in conflicts. Rome used its sheer force of numbers to overwhelm most enemies and surround them or cave in on their flanks causing a route very quickly. Mind you, tactics were used, but not effectively.

    The Romans took advantage of technological progressions and were only to happy to inflict deadly harm upon their foes with ballistae, catapults, onagers and numerous other siege equipment. The land they conquered poured much profit into the treasury which was distributed to the armed forces. This was able to give them the latest weapons, brand new armour, plenty of supplies and good morale. You can also look at the sheer amount of land they claimed through war - the empire covered Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, parts of the Middle-East, Egypt, and the Africa coastline.

    Finally, the Romans brought the ideology of Christianity to the people in Europe - influencing the events that were to proceed in the future greatly, something that has changed the world today. They will be looked upon in 1000 years (during the Middle Ages) with their beliefs, attitudes, values, lifestyle and ingenuity being emulated.

    In reality, the Roman empire has very little relevance or connection to modern day America. The time period is totally different - as is the cultures, way of life, economy and war. To compare the United States to Rome is ludicrous. What do they have in common? Absolutely nothing.

    So it was very succesful because of its dominance in warfare and the stable structure of politics. Of course there is the decline of Rome, yet that is another story.

    Source(s): My own knowledge - The length is a bit long, but there are some very important aspects there to consider.
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  • 1 decade ago

    well considering the fact that rome has been established as a country and an empire for hundreds (thousands almost) of years before america was even discovered would be one reason.

    The main thing is the catholic influence over the civilized world that rome as a nation had The pope, the vatican etc

    The papist nation held strong over every other court in europe since the dark ages until the late 1400's when Martin luther swayed germany and then offcourse england broke from the catholic rule in 1533 when Henry VIII married anne boleyn in secret. The holy roman empire was a force to be reckoned with.

    Hence the name roman catholic, so i beleive this is why the empire was and is so strong

    Italy has the pope, always had

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  • 1 decade ago

    With very few 'Romans' actually coming from Rome, the empire used well the facilities of local levies to run the empire on their behalf, similarly to the British Raj in India, less than 50,000 Europeans rules over a Billion Indigenous subcontinent Indians.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It wasn't. People say it is succesful because they generally like how big it is and how long it lasted. However, I would not say it was succesful in modern day terms. It was not an Empire which was kind to non-Roman citizens. It's strength also came from cruelty. The Empire was basiclly good if the emperor was good, if not the people suffered. Even Roman citizens. An example is Nero.

    The US, is not like the Roman Empire. The US is more of an empire in the sense of it's industry not militarily. The Romans were an empire industrially and militarily. It produced a great amount for such a large Empire but was also militarily, the Roman army was everywhere in the Roman Empire whilst the US relies ecnomically and in times of warfare has a proffesional army, whilst the Romans were also proffesionals they also had conscription.

    Hence the Romans fought more and it's empire was more reliant militarily. Whilst the US relies on economically.

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  • 4 years ago

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    Ah, yes, that must be why the Roman empire never decayed and collapsed into chaos resulting in the Dark Ages. Very successful indeed.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You can find any correlation you want. People love to point to something they disapprove of and then claim the Romans did it and they fell so...

    Things people love to compare to Rome

    Blood sports

    General decadence


    Using Mercenaries

    Disparity of wealth

    Political change

    Populism triumphing over republicanism

    bloated bureaucracies


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  • Jack A
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    1 decade ago

    Rome was successful because they tried not to interfere with daily life of the average Roman. Keep quiet, pay your taxes was their motto. Even conquered people often found themselves in better situations than their previous government, if they weren't enslaved that is.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    because if you never went along with rome then its death for you and they always went against weaker opposition to ensure their successes,sounds familiar ,just like the usa

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    G is not an answer!

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