Friday, February 27, 2009

Roman Republic/United States Timeline

The above chart compares the Roman Republic and The United States in a timeline format. Each is shown in chronological order starting at the beginning of their political system. The chart is interesting on several levels. As you can see, the United States has existed for twenty years short of half the time the Roman Republic existed. What will the United States be like in 2270? Its obvious how the events are compressed in the American experience. With improved communications and technology the modern world has been able to move farther faster.

1 comment: said...

To me the biggest parallel is the "reflexive oppositionalism" of senators in Rome with the current day.

There were two parties...and deep prejudices.

They, like Americans were very proud of having put away the kings. And, they had an understanding that in times of great peril they needed a dictator...which is funny...harder to sell here!

Thanks for even talking about this subject. It's been one of the great pleasures of my life to familiarize myself with the Roman Republic.