Did you know the Romans based their arms and armour of the Etruscans. Another useless fact I picked up whilst reading a monster book called The history of Warfare the wife bought me.
I speak of this all the time to my friends and sometimes they look at me as if I have gone mad. It is nice to see someone also can see that we are just repeating history with the noble (at least in theory noble) desire to make our society fairer or better.Every empire, whether ancient or modern, brings its destruction upon itself. Had it not been barbarians, another culture, or the citizens themselves would have eventually taken over. Sadly, people are corruptable, and although empires and government start with good intentions, with time the corrupt megalomaniacs end up in control. Once that occurs, either the people will rise up, or an adversary will exploit the weakness. The irony, is that once the current regime is deposed, the new regime vows to prevent another. Eventually, they too, become complacent and end up in the same situation as those they replaced.
Viscious, never-ending cycle, but one as humans, we are doomed to repeat.
I'm fascinated by the Roman Empire, partially because I'm of Roman descent, but also because of all the engineering marvels they created, just to be lost until the renassaince. In my humble opinion, (note I said opinion), I see a few countries following in the path of the Romans, the good old US of A included.
I always thought the Gladius (short sword) was adopted from the Iberian tribes encountered in Spain after the Punic wars; not so?Did you know the Romans based their arms and armour of the Etruscans. Another useless fact I picked up whilst reading a monster book called The history of Warfare the wife bought me.