Essay Similarities Between Han And Roman Empires

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During the ancient times, every empire got bigger and bigger by defeating smaller and weaker empires, but in the end would come to a fall as well. Two of the main Dynasties of their time were the Han and Roman civilizations. Han China was the second imperial dynasty following the Qin Dynasty. The period of the Han is considered one of the golden ages in Chinese history. The Roman Empire occurred after the Roman Republic during ancient Rome. The Roman Empire also ruled much longer than Han China. Han China (206 B.C.E.-220 C.E.) and Imperial Rome (31 B.C.E.-476 C.E.) had numerous similarities and differences with their ways of governing such as slavery, leaders, social class, military, government, and their economy.

Han and Roman empires both had several similarities such as slavery, leaders, and social class. First of all, slaves played roles in their economies and how they governed. In China, they worked the large holdings of the aristocracy, and they generally performed domestic tasks. Poor families even came to the point where they sold their unwanted children into slavery. In Rome, slavery was even bigger. Slaves were the foundation of their economy and about 33% of the population. Prices of slaves were low and they worked harder and longer than hired workers. Also, at this point in time, slavery was not based on the color of one’s skin. Anyone could become a slave because of a punishment like breaking a law, if one is poor or they were defeated and…

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