Essay on Justification of Roman Aggression for the Glory of an Empire

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The Mind Behind the Machine: The Justification of Aggression for the Glory of an Empire

The Roman Empire is one that has historically been shown in a positive light to the western world. We think this way despite the fact that we have a very limited knowledge of this empire that began to flourish over two-thousand years ago. What we do have are beautiful works of art and architecture that have stood the test of time, as well as books from famous writers such as Cicero and Plutarch who have told grand tales of Roman life and the powerful men who ruled and waged battles on a grand scale. Even with our vague knowledge of the Romans we still know leaps and bounds more about them than
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Cicero in his time had also said that no freedom could be had by the Roman citizen’s so long as there was kingship leading the way (Cicero, p 140). However, as the formation of authority progressed within the republic, there became an oligarchy of officials who were elected to military-based magistracies. A certain number of years were needed in military service in order to be accepted into an official’s position and if ever lucky enough to be in position of power as an elected consul, your future in this position was often determined by your military deeds (Dawson, 1996, p 113). In my opinion it seems natural that with the formation of this kind of militaristic system, the ideas of freedom for the Roman people would quickly be twisted and at the mercy of the ambitions of the powerful military officials that this new system made possible.
There is no doubt that the Roman empire was constantly miring itself in conflict, but the question is not so much on the amount of wars that were waged, but rather the accounts on how they were being waged. Without a kingship, the people of Rome needed to know that the Roman republic had their interests in mind. With this, it is important to see how leaders

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