Human Control And Its Effects On Modern Society

1458 Words Sep 21st, 2015 6 Pages
History is the sum of the events that result from human control going well or bad. Myriad times in history have there been instances where control or power has been given to a person and their control is beneficial or detrimental to a society. In The Early History of Rome, author and historian Livy writes how human control has played out in Roman civilization, one of the most influential societies of Western civilization. By writing this vivid history, Livy demonstrates that when human control is given, the best outcomes result when humans act selflessly instead of selfishly. According to Livy, therefore, historical knowledge helps us develop a more collectivistic view of our modern society in order to maintain morality in them.
The story of Horatius Cocles clearly shows that courage persists when it’s done through unselfishness. While in the midst of the Janiculum being under attack during a battle between Rome and the Etrusctan army, Horatius Cocles sacrificed himself to defend the people on Janicululm and the Roman army, which wasn’t cooperating (Livy, 119). While guarding the bridge that crossed the Tiber River and separated the Roman side to the Etruscan side as the Etruscans charged close, his soldiers destroyed the bridge on his command. Succeeding to keep the Etruscans from charging, he swam back in time to keep the Roman side safe. Due to Cocles’ acts, the Etruscans then had no way to attack the Janiculum. Livy writes that Cocles “forced them [the troops] to save…
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