Did the Romans/Greeks influence our current world?

Chlodio

Forum Staff
Aug 2016
4,054
Dispargum
#2
Some of our concepts of democracy (like elections) were invented by the Greeks and later used for a time by the Romans. Much of our law has Roman origins. Prime ministers and chancellors bear more than a passing resemblance to Roman consuls as leaders of the Senate. American presidents, being independent of Congress, bear more than a little resemblance to the emperors being independent of the Senate. Even at the local level, a county is derived from the Roman office of count.
 
Mar 2018
282
United States Of America
#3
Some of our concepts of democracy (like elections) were invented by the Greeks and later used for a time by the Romans. Much of our law has Roman origins. Prime ministers and chancellors bear more than a passing resemblance to Roman consuls as leaders of the Senate. American presidents, being independent of Congress, bear more than a little resemblance to the emperors being independent of the Senate. Even at the local level, a county is derived from the Roman office of count.
So that's a yes? I'll take that as a yes.
 
Mar 2017
870
Colorado
#4
So that's a yes? I'll take that as a yes.
Cicero was a political figure in the Rome of Julius Caesar. He made grand speeches in their Senate railing against dictators (Caesar) and extolling the virtues of a republic (what it used to be).

The founders that wrote the US Bill of Rights and Constitution made many references to Cicero's principles in their private letters. Politicos and analysts still quote Cicero today.

--There's one example.

On the other hand, in his private life. Cicero was a backstabbing, sycophantic weasel.
 
Nov 2011
8,872
The Dustbin, formerly, Garden of England
#8
The region of administration by the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Greek and Eastern Orthodox churches in Europe is the diocese*, administered by a bishop. The regions were taken from the administrative districts of the fourth century reorganisation of the Roman Empire and as Christianity became the State Religion, administrative posts began to be filled by Churchmen. In many cases those religious diocesan regions remain more or less the same as modern civil administrative regions.


*episkopē or bishopric for Othodox churches
 

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