Similarities Between Ancient Rome And America

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The United States of America has many qualities today that were present in ancient Rome at the time of it’s downfall. Some scholars believe that because these factors are present in the United States, it too is destined to fall as the Romans did. However, just because there are some similarities between ancient Rome at the time of its fall and America’s current state does not mean that America is going to follow the same path that the ancient Romans went down. Some factors present in both Rome and America, such as excessive military spending and public health and environmental issues, are a serious threat to America, however, some factors found in both civilizations, such as inferior technology and a decline in morals and values, are not as…show more content…
The United States spends more on its military than any other country in the world spends on theirs. In fact, when the countries with the highest military spending in the world are ranked, the US spends more than the combined amount of what the next 10 countries ranked after it spend. This much spending on military takes away from the budgets for other government funded things, just as it did in ancient Rome. In America, the spending for defense and security is so large that it is estimated to be 19 times more than what is spent on education. These high defense expenses cause high taxes for Americans just as they did for the Romans. Every year, the average American household pays around $3,100 in taxes towards the military alone. Besides these similarities, there are also some differences between Rome and America’s excessive military spending. The reasons that both places spend so much is different. Rome spent large amounts on the military because they needed to defend themselves from invaders, but America is not under constant threat of…show more content…
This factor manifested itself in Rome in the form of excessive crime, excessive drinking at lavish parties held by the wealthy, and the large amount of cruelty in the Roman culture. Cruelty was seen as a form of entertainment in Rome, with people of all backgrounds going to see others publicly killed in gladiator matches and other violent games being frequented by most of the population. In America, the decline in morals is also seen in the excessive amounts of crime seen in larger cities all over the country, especially in the forms of biased hate crimes, of which there were almost 6,000 of in just 2013. Most American citizens when asked even admit that they think the country’s morals are declining. The key difference in the decline of morals in Rome and the US is that in Rome, things like cruelty and killing for sport were widely accepted and legal, whereas in the US, crime and killing is looked down upon by most of the civilization, and it is most definitely not legal. Another difference between the decline of morals in both places is that in Rome, moras continued to go downhill until the empire collapsed. In the US, morals declined for a period of time and are certainly not perfect, but they are getting better as of late, with New York City recently breaking its record for number of days without murder. The
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