Galactus Posted January 28, 2009 Share Posted January 28, 2009 [quote name='tzanth' post='1665136' date='Jan 28 2009, 09.47']That's exactly the problem. Our culture is partially modeled after and largely exults the ancient roman system. Because of this we are clearly inclined to see the decline of Rome as a collapse into "darkness." But just because we love cities, for example, doesn't mean that more rural organizations cant be effective means of organizing a society. I agree that there are cases in which we need to make value judgments about aspects of human behavior. Generally, however, such judgments obfuscate an objective understanding of past social structures and processes.[/quote] And of course, that moulding after roman principles is probably more ideological than actual: IE: Europeans so desperately WANTED to be the successors of Rome. While in fact, modern democracy doesen't come from Greece, it comes from medieval communes and parlaments, galvanized by the Reformation. Europeans aren't alone in having this kind of warped self-understanding of course. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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