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Romans Definition of their Violence vs Modern Society In many modern books written about Ancient Rome and her people the Romans are often portrayed as brutal and unforgiving people who enjoyed violence and thought it was amusing to see people being injured and killed to the point of obsession It is my aim to establish whether this classification of the Romans is justified or if it is simply and exaggeration of what a small group of people believed While it is known that in Rome there were gladiatorial fights public beatings and the keeping of slaves it is also important to understand just exactly how advanced the Romans were The Longman Dictionanary of the English language defines civilized as of or being peoples of nations in a state of civilization And then defines civilization as a relatively high level of cultural development specifically the stage of cultural development at which writing and the keeping of records is attained By this definition the Romans were civilized the educated being able to write and detailed records being kept by many historians The Romans also had written laws and government including an assembly for the poorer classes In fact their system of law was actually quite advanced The idea was accepted that a mans intentions ought to be taken into account and there was less importance attached to what he did and what he meant to do The next thing to become established was the notion that all men must be treated equally This way of thinking was very advanced and not barbaric or uncivilized at all in fact the same notion all men should be treated equally was not established in America Australia and other countries for many years It is now common knowledge that in ancient Rome people often attended and enjoyed gladiatorial fights to the death wild beast hunts naval battles and chariot racing all of which often had religious origins
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