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Roman Empire Vs Usa

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When you hear the word “empire” many things can come to mind. The word is commonly associated with the Romans. In modern society, many people tend to compare the Roman Empire to the United States of America. In my opinion, the Roman Empire and the United States differ in three key ways. The ways being: their form of government, slavery and the colonizing of other countries . To have an empire you must also have an emperor or empress. That being said, my next train of thought leads me to the word dictatorship. According to Dictionary.com, the definition of dictatorship is: “a country, government, or the form of government in which absolute power is exercised by a dictator.” It is an undisputable fact that the United States has never fallen under this category of governing. Julius Caesar was given the title dictator for ten years in 47BC and was…show more content…
It is a well known fact that slavery was utilized throughout the rise of the Roman empire all the way to its demise. The Roman empire relied economically on slavery. Mark Cartwright from Ancient History Encyclopedia states: “Slave labor was used in all areas of Roman life except public office.” Although, there was a slight possibility of freedom. A slave’s freedom could be granted only by the owner. This was usually done if the slave had good behavior and paid their way out. This way the owner had the financial means to go and purchase new slaves and continued the barbaric cycle. Slavery was also used in the early times of United States of America, as it has been in almost every country in the world. The slavery itself differed from Roman slavery because in the United States it was based off of ethnicity. Romans enslaved people on the basis of conquest and power. Also, the time span of slavery in America as compared to the time span of slavery in the Roman Empire is minuscule. Slavery was abolished in 1865 by the thirteenth amendment of the
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