by Jack Le Moine
The Roman Empire never dominated the world like the Europeans did 1500 years later but they certainly put on the best show. The great migrations across the northern Eurasia landmass was held up at the frontiers of Rome’s Empire. This impacted the rest of the civilizations: China; Persia; and the rest of the civilized peoples of Central Asia.
Roman influence penetrated deep into Africa. Their influence and outright conquest penetrated deep into the Middle East. Iraq was briefly a province of Rome; Egypt, permanently. It had an outpost in India. Roman explorers may have even made it to the Americas but were unable to make the return voyage. Had the Persian Empire not been so embroiled with Rome, it could have pressured the other civilizations to its south (India) and east (China).
This was the age of the spread of Christianity, accelerated greatly by the stability of the Roman Empire.
Even 2 millenia later, no empire has held such a hold on the public imagination as the Roman.
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