Comparative roman and chinese empires

The Colosseum was a state-of-the-art entertainment facility, used most infamously for gladiatorial games in which well-trained men fought, sometimes to the death, for the enjoyment of huge crowds of Roman citizens.

The hereditary ministers owed loyalty to their lord only, not to the king.

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In Scheidel's words, "[compared to the study of Europe and China in the early modern period] the comparative history of the largest agrarian empires of antiquity has attracted no attention at all. The influence of the nobility was also weaker as the new merchant class asserted its presence and wealth energetically; the Han abolished hereditary positions.

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Wagner, he states that the Chinese iron industry had been ruined by the end of the 19th century. However, the position was dangerous; out of 22 emperors between Augustus and the third century, 15 died by murder or suicide. The influence of Roman law would long outlast the empire. The city-state government had no means to prevent ambitious generals from buying off the army by looted silver and the promise of land at retirement. Able pragmatists instituted reforms in various states to improve administration and provide some rational direction for the newly unleashed social energy. This thought had the effect of weakening the nobility and strengthening the emperor. Repeated agrarian reforms aimed at mitigating the situation failed because of staunch aristocratic opposition. Chinese civilization survives to the present time, while Roman civilization merged into the larger medieval European culture which adopted, amongst others, Christian faith, the Latin language and alphabet and Roman Law. After roughly years of warfare, China's population was about 30 million, far below the height of 56 million recorded during the Han. Roman society was a relatively hierarchical society.

Hereditary positions came back later, as evidenced by the fact that the founder of the Tang dynasty was the hereditary duke of Tang, and regional governors were allowed to pass titles on.

Conscious of their contributions, the commons demanded a larger say in public affairs. Wagner speculates a Han production of t from official state Iron Offices based on pig iron production in the late 19th-early 20th century, but he himself admits this figure is likely inaccurate: "Obviously one cannot lend much credence to this figure However, the position was dangerous; out of 22 emperors between Augustus and the third century, 15 died by murder or suicide.

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Both societies valued the family, the nursery of authoritarianism, but the Roman made a clear legal separation between the state and the family, the Chinese did not. Many proud proprietary farmers who marched out with the legions returned to find themselves dispossessed.

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In modern studies of imperialismancient China has generally been overlooked.

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Rome and China: Comparative Perspectives on Ancient World Empires