Re: What was the most important element to Western Civilization?
Although all are important reasons, I had to vote for Roman Law. Western legal systems are still centered on many of the principles of Roman law. Also, the idea of citizens being equal under the law (in theory if not in practice in Roman times) is an idea which made possible the very democratic republics we have today. I do not believe any other choice had near as much impact as Roman law did on our society although as i said they are all important.