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Every great civilization in human history from the long-lived Chinese Dynasties to the once immortal Roman Empire and more recently the huge Union of Soviet Socialist Republics has followed the same rise and fall cycle They expanded and grew in property rapidly and for many years remained the dominant force in their region For a short time the civilization would reach an apex a golden age and then begin a long cascading decline before coming to an abrupt end from forces within Historians say that we can learn from history to avoid past mistakes If that is true why havent we broken the circle of corruption in order to reach humanitys full potential We learn from history that we do not learn from history Humans must stop looking to the past to unlock the future it is the only way to prevent history from coming full circle once again a circle that will eventually carry the entire species into self-destructionMost of the greatest governments reach their greatest peak but cant stay there Why Because the government believes that nothing can topple it and grows careless and corrupt Time and time again we see civilizations rise and fall to internal chaos The Ancient Roman Empire is a prime example of the cycle of government According to legend Rome was first founded in 753 BC by Romulus and Remus whether the two brothers existed or not this is the accepted founding date of Rome As the leading Italian city-state Rome spread its army out among the other Italian cities and by the third century BC had all of Italy and several colonies united under a single banner Science the arts and culture flourished under the tutelage of ancient masters such as Socrates Plato Homer Hippocrates and Aristotle Presiding over the masses were the great emperors such as Julius Caesar Justinian and Constantine At its apex during the Pax Romana a hundred-year long golden age Rome encompassed most
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