By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Why Study the Romans

Here is an eloquent answer from classicists Nancy and Andrew Ramage:

Studying ancient Rome provides an unparalleled opportunity to understand the basis of modern civilization in the West. Nearly everything that came after the fall of Rome has been affected in some way by its history and traditions, whether positively or negatively, and the political and cultural milieu of the twenty-first century, two millennia after the height of the Roman empire, is still richly dependent upon it. Studying the Roman world is rewarding in countless ways, and helps those curious about the roots of culture, language, or image to achieve their goals.

Ramage & Ramage, The British Museum Concise Introduction to Ancient Rome, p. 174 (2008).