Wednesday, 10 May 2017
The Roman Empire And The United States
"'I wonder how long the ghost of the United States will haunt men's minds? As long as Rome's did in Europe in the last Dark Ages?'"
-SM Stirling, The Sunrise Lands (New York, 2008), Chapter Seventeen, pp. 407-408.
There is a saying about the ghost of the Roman Empire...
According to Poul Anderson's Manse Everard, the Roman Empire brought slave traders, tax farmers and sadistic games but also peace, prosperity and a widened world and left behind, scattered through the wreckage:
"...among the memories is that there was, for a while, a life not given over entirely to naked survival."
-Poul Anderson, "Star of the Sea" IN Anderson, Time Patrol (New York, 2006), pp. 467-640 AT 16, p. 604.
For some other reflections on the legacy of Rome, see here and here.