Message from discussion What if Rome had not fallen ?
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From: Anthony Buckland <anthonybucklandnos...@telus.net>
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On 20/04/2012 9:44 AM, Otto wrote:
> What if Rome had not been destroyed by the invasions of the Germans, and had
> gone on with its conquests and expansion for hundreds of years ?
> What kind of civilization would have resulted ?
> What would everyday life of its citizens have looked like ?
The classical Roman Empire had many problems other than attempts
to invade it. You could say that the invaders who eventually
reached the city and occupied it were able to do so, not because
of any superior abilities, but because the Empire became
progressively weaker and easier to invade. I once wrote a poem
about this: see "On the Departure of the Conquerors" on
Also, Rome was not destroyed. It's still there, and items from
sewer covers to those for modern communications boxes still say
SPQR, "The Senate and the People of Rome." In one of the fora,
there's a two-millenia old building of several stories which
was originally used for small stores and offices. The last time
I was in Rome, it was still being used for small stores and
offices. The Circus Maximus is still in use, as a park and
jogging track. I passed by an ancient outdoor theater and
could hear it being used as, well, an outdoor theater.