Musing, News, and the Past

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history meme — italian version // one empire: the roman empire

The Roman Empire was the post-Republican period of the ancient Roman civilization, characterized by an autocratic form of government and large territorial holdings around the Mediterranean Sea in Europe, Africa, and Asia. 

The first two centuries of the Empire were a period of unprecedented stability and prosperity known as the Pax Romana (“Roman Peace”). It reached its greatest expanse during the reign of Trajan (98–117 AD). In the 3rd century, the Empire underwent a crisis that threatened its existence, but was reunified and stabilized under the emperors Aurelian and Diocletian. Christians rose to power in the 4th century, during which time a system of dual rule was developed in the Latin West and Greek East. The Roman Empire began to disintegrate in the late 4th and early 5th century as invasions overwhelmed the capacity of the Empire to govern and mount a coordinated defence. Most chronologies place the end of the Western Roman empire in 476, when Romulus Augustulus was forced to abdicate to the Germanic warlord Odoacer.

Because of the Empire’s vast extent and long endurance, the institutions and culture of Rome had a profound and lasting influence on the development of language, religion, architecture, philosophy, law, and forms of government in the territory it governed, particularly Europe, and by means of European expansionism throughout the modern world. (x)

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Inscription of Nebuchadnezzar II, King of Babylon, Babylonia (Iraq), 605-562 BC, clay recording that the cylinder was specially prepared to commemorate the discovery during excavations of a temple’s foundation, of ancient inscriptions of Naram-Sin, King of Akkad some 1700 years earlier, Museum of Israel.

Pictures by Nick Thompson on Flickr.

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Anonymous asked: For or against missile strikes in Syria


absolutely not. innocents are going to be killed and century old buildings are going to be destroyed. it’ll ruin the soil of the land and prevent any agriculture from ever occurring. i don’t understand why they don’t just supply us to take care of them. bombardments don’t do anything except force ISIS to hide inside caves or whatever and force people to leave their homeland out of fear.