The Success Of Roman Empire Essays

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The success of Roman Empire was a paradox within itself. Despite its unmatched conquest and proud advocating of Pax Romana and extended citizenship, the empire incorporated a cruel system of enslavement and suppression of its conquered people. While bragging of its unprecedented republican system, Augustus, the most-well known Roman princeps, conspicuously attempted to establish his succession by awarding senatorial positions to his sons. And perhaps most importantly, as M.I. Finley notes, the Roman Empire accomplished many technical innovations without progressing in the way that modernists define progress, without a widespread revolution akin to the 1800s industrial revolution or the modern-day digital revolution (Finely 29). Despite our current standards for what is innovative, the Roman technical—and I use this term loosely for the fear of priming readers to the narrow modern standards— innovations were revolutionary, meaning they achieved unprecedented levels of efficiency within societal constraints, in the ancient world, especially when acknowledging that innovation takes many shapes and forms, that it is limited by available resources, and that, despite our efforts to squeeze it into a clean-cut box, it is impossible to do so.
In Technical Innovation and Economic Progress in the Ancient World article, M.I. Finley recognizes that the Roman Empire did, to an extent, accomplish “technical and economic progress,” but this progress does not match their high levels of…

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