Roman Empire Vs. Han Dynasty

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Compare and Contrast Essay
Roman Empire vs. Han Dynasty

Bethany Corl
HIEU 201-B11
September 29, 2014

Compare and Contrast Essay
The Roman and Han empires flourished in culture, wealth, and technological advances at their pinnacle, leading not to future stability, but to greed, corruption, and ultimately their downfall. The Roman and Han empires were different with respect to how each came to gaining their power. However, each held several similarities within their governments, religion, technological contributions, and downfalls. These differences and similarities can be seen by taking a closer look at each empire.
During the early 8th century B.C.E., Rome was considered just a city in Italy, a crossroads within the Mediterranean. Residents had created several communities, and eventually they became one and created the Roman Republic. The patricians, also referred to as the elite and plebeians known as the general population were said to have ran the Roman empire. The Han Dynasty began this era after gaining power from the Qin. In China, the Han was in control and had the responsibility of advancing and sustaining the Han Chinese Empire for the next 400 years. A difference can already be seen between the two empires in the management of their communities. The Roman Empire had a democratic system but was said to have been ran more like a monarchy. In similarity the Han Empire also had a monarchy. The two empires had government strategies that
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