Ancient Roman Civilization And Modern Times

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The ancient Roman civilization had many enduring contributions to modern times. Many of the ancient structures survived the ravages of time. This leads the modern tourist to experience the ancient civilization through much of what Ancient Rome’s engineers enduring achievements, namely, temples, baths, aqueducts and roads (Temin, The economy of the early Roman Empire, 2006). Beyond the physical structures that survived the millennia, there are numerous modern cultural influences that are readily seen in everything from popular culture with extensive gladiator movies to the architecture of the nation’s capital building (James, 2008). However, the most important and enduring impacts that the Ancient Roman civilization had on modern times were from Rome’s economy and law. First, it is important to describe why the Ancient Roman economy was significant, why it worked, and how the Ancient Roman economy continues to influence the modern era. Ancient Rome allowed for a high standard of living for her inhabitants as described by classical biographers such as Cornelius Tacitus and Caius Suetonius (Korstanje, 2009). A standard of living that rivaled the prosperity of the Dutch Republic in the golden age of the 17th century which would make the Roman standard of living the highest achieved until the onset of the Industrial Revolution (Temin, The Roman market economy, 2012). Why Rome was so successful is less clear, many still discuss the explanation of Ancient Rome’s success and
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