Andrew Ballard Mrs. Leonard 2nd/Honors W. H. Oct, 26, 2011 Comparing Ancient Rome to the United States When analyzing the United States in light of ancient Rome, there is an obvious juxtaposition which is unmistakable. The similarities between these two great civilizations are evident politically, militarily, and culturally. The political aspects of Ancient Rome and the modern United States are rooted in the concept of the republic. Militarily, both the U. S. and Ancient Rome have been considered superpowers of their time.
Culturally, there are numerous comparisons that can be made between these two civilizations, in spite of numerous years that lapse between them. There are several types of Republic governments like the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The Executive branch states the law for how long someone can be in power, and how many times someone can run to be in power. The legislative branch has to do with foreign policies, and how many people can be a part of the senate, it also makes laws.
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The judicial branch tells about a supreme court or an assembly that deals with crime and civil cases. There are also the legal code, and citizenship. The legal code of a republican Government is the list of laws like Rome’s “Twelve Tables”, and the United States Construction. Citizenship law for Rome allow all adults that can own land to be concerted a citizen, but for the United States all native born, and or naturalized a citizen. In addition to the governmental aspects of Rome and the United States, both civilizations have a strong military.
Being superpower of their time, the Roman, and American had military advantages. The Romans had the best training, biggest budget, and finest equipment that the world had ever seen in their time. On the other hand the United States also is just as remarkable in its military budgets, which are longer than nine other countries put together. Similar to the Americanization of today’s fast-food chain in isolated or remote part of the country, and other parts of the world Rome, as refers to earlier. They put down “roots” all over their occupied erritories, which lest their culture and architectural footprint on the world. Some technological Achievements that have been seen such as the” Roman Roads” which can be compared to the United States’ highway in the sense that, both roads are used to make traveling easier. Their engineering helped them building with bridges and aqua ducts. They were built primarily to enable their military to move more swiftly. In conclusion Ancient Rome and the United States are both very similar in military and political aspects.
Through my analyses of Ancient Rome and the United States I realized how comparable they both are, rather it be political ways or military ethics. I now see how a civilization or empire can rise to power, thrive for ages, then fall, as result of how they lived. Now looking at modern United States I see that although very similar, and how the past tenses to repeat itself I personally do not see the United States falling any time soon if it ever will. I am definitely not saying it never will, because all great things someday come to an end.