- Feb 2012
An interesting question. I'm not sure anyone claims to be the 'new' Rome as such, although clerarly the ideas of empire, unified culture, power, and glory do resonate in the human psyche - and political ambition too. For instance, the Third Reich makes no pretence of attempting to emulate Roman success but it did so on its own unpleasant terms. Italy called upon the same classical ideals in its fascist era but could not match German power. Nor does modern America, even though it was based on classical ideas and now represents one of the most powerful nation states on the planet, refer to itself as 'Rome'.Why does everyone care so much about who claims to be Rome?
However, the comparisons are made by observers. One thing I've said often on history forums is how easily we human beings 'join up the dots' and equate ancient and modern all too readily. Spotting the similarities teaches you nothing. Learning to spot the differences helps you understand the past.