As a compliment to today’s post, here’s a reblog of a very detailed post about Rome and America from a friend of mine, who has a decidedly different attitude towards capitalism, and apparently a music video that I like.
For many centuries, Ancient Rome has had a lasting impact on the matrix of society, as well as our collective imagination. When most people look at Ancient Rome, if they aren’t historians, they usually think of the Roman Empire, and all the excesses associated with its rulers. However, when you really take a look at Roman history, Roman values, and Roman politics, you’ll notice that Rome’s path to glory and eventual destruction is quite similar to America’s rise to power, and its perceived decline.
For instance, let’s take a look at Rome’s beginnings under Etruscan rule. After the rape and suicide of a noblewoman named Lucretia, the Romans had grown tired of living under Etruscan kings. Led by an aristocrat named Lucius Junius Brutus, the Romans rose up against the last Etruscan king of Rome, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, ending the rule of the Etruscans and the age of monarchy in…
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