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The Rise of Rome
Important expectation for Roman women in families were: being supportive of their men and not challenging…
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at 10pm on 4/22/2018

Important expectation for Roman women in families were: being supportive of their men and not challenging them with unnecessary tensions. 

Roman definition of dictator - a leader given absolute power for 6 months in critical periods (usually of…
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at 10pm on 3/21/2018

Roman definition of dictator - a leader given absolute power for 6 months in critical periods (usually of war).

Stories/myths played important role in cultivation of values in Roman society. They set a tone for both men…
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at 9pm on 3/26/2018

Stories/myths played important role in cultivation of values in Roman society. They set a tone for both men and women's development as members of Roman society. For men some of the key values were bravery and wit, for women decency and loyalty, and for both allegiance to the family, Roman society and state.

Roman's ideal of person's identities was: farmer, soldier and citizen. Same person can be a farmer in times…
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at 10pm on 3/21/2018

Roman's ideal of person's identities was: farmer, soldier and citizen.

Same person can be a farmer in times of peace, soldier in times of war, and must be a good citizen all time (and as such participate in and help maintain their praised political system).

Author identified the key reasons for Rome's skyrocketing as: Its geographic location (lesser), Its…
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at 11pm on 3/27/2018

Author identified the key reasons for Rome's skyrocketing as:

  1. Its geographic location (lesser),
  2. Its political system of republic, balancing the key centres of political power, as well as
  3. Some unique characteristics of Roman society such as having the concept of dignitas
  4. Remarkable persistence of Romans, eg they never bounced back after military defeats even after significant losses but always regrouped and repeated conquests until victory
  5. Roman state and society were in the cornerstone of Roman's personal values, eg as opposed to Greek's focus on individual
Key phases in the development of Rome: monarchy, republic and empire.
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Key phases in the development of Rome: monarchy, republic and empire.

Farmer was the most noble (and considered the only pure) profession in Rome. Farmers considered the only…
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Farmer was the most noble (and considered the only pure) profession in Rome. Farmers considered the only profession supplying the most essential product for life - food.

Being a farmer considered being strong and self-sufficient. Working for salary and seeking gratification for labor and services they considered a slavery thing.

Therefore all politicians in Rome when asked about their profession responded that they are farmers. Most of them indeed had land, not all of them might actually run farms.

By the way:

In Tsar's Russia peasants were allowed to buy out land from aristocracy and become farmers. Tolstoy even gave out his land to peasants for free.

Bolsheviks took the land away from aristocracy and independent farmers fearing their strength and effectively enslaving the population. They probably too learned Roman history but took their own takeaways from it.

The legacy of Rome is astonishing. The founding fathers of the US borrowed ideas for the constitution and…
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The legacy of Rome is astonishing. The founding fathers of the US borrowed ideas for the constitution and political foundation from the Roman Republic and their constitution.

The legislation in most today's countries is based on the Roman law.

Rome built the vast system of roads many of which serve their purpose to this day as far away from Italian peninsula as in Spain.