The Roman Or Chinese Method

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The Roman or Chinese Method in Governing? The Empire of the Great Tang and the Byzantine Empire existed on a similar large scale in the around same period. Both empires dominated vast land area and had significant impact on the human history. The territories of both empires were so large that were even difficult to manage in the 21 century. On one hand, the Tang Empire used the examination method to select officials. On the other hand, the Byzantine Empire used the republic system to elect officials (Mckay). How did these methods seek the proper people to govern the such immense territory and large population? Further, which empire was more appropriate, efficient and well-handled in electing officials for bureaucracy? Intelligence in…show more content…
189).” As a result, the Tang officials were generally knowledgeable and intelligent. Tang civilians from different classes also had fairly equal chance to become officials and influence the government policy making. This also allowed the government to be diverse and innovative, which also implied more debates which had happened in previous dynasties such as The Debate on Salt and Iron’s monopoly between the learned man and the minister in Han Dynasty. Throughout the debate, the emperor of China was able to hear the voices from different perspectives from different classes. Whereas, the Byzantine Empire preserved old Roman law and political system (McKay et al. 203). The Senate was the major voice of patricians and the plebeians to the Byzantine Emperor. The plebeian were generally less educated and less knowledgeable. The plebeian’s impact on the decision and policy were weak since they were not close to the emperor and shared less mutual benefit with the emperor compare with the plebeian (Chang). This situation was similarly like early The Roman Senate and People time period. Furthermore, the patricians were usually born in wealthy aristocracy families and they were more likely to become officials. They considered their own interest and benefit for the their class and less for the civilians. Thus, the Byzantine Empire had less diverse voices in bureaucracy and had less intelligent representatives of humble birth people would play
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