Differences Between Rome And Han Dynasty

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Throughout all of history, technological advancements have been an integral part of the development of the human race. There are differing attitudes towards these technological changes in different nations and regions. Rome and the Han Dynasty of China were two examples of differing outlooks on doing work. In accordance with the evidence found within the documents, the attitude of the Han Dynasty towards technology somewhat differed from the attitude of the Roman Empire towards technology in significant ways. While the Han Dynasty encouraged labor and advancements in technology, the Roman Empire’s aristocrats looked down upon manufacturing and labor. The Romans dismissed this field as a vulgar practice to work in and that the people who labor …show more content…
The Dynasty encouraged the labor and the people working with technology, unlike Rome, who only held distaste in it. Through this encouragement of labor and work by the government, new technology advanced because people needed a way to shortcut the long hours of work; to make labor easier for them to carry out. As an example, the pestle and mortar were created, according to a document, by Fuxi, who was a mythological wise emperor (Doc. 3). The document expands on the development of the pestle and mortar into something more complex and sophisticated. The fact that Fuxi was attributed by the Han philosopher Huan Tuan to be the creator of the pestle and mortar only serves to prove that the Han dynasty respected technology and its advancements. In another document, it is evidently perceived that the existence of a governor who loved the common people and wished to save their labor by inventing an agricultural implement displays how valuable technology was to the Han Dynasty (Doc. 4). The Han Dynasty was an empire that had an economy that leaned on its agriculture. Its agricultural base was extremely valuable and farmers were respected for growing the crops. Clearly, any technological advancement would have been welcome during the Han

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