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In many modern books written about Ancient Rome and its people The Romansare often portrayed as brutal and unforgiving people who enjoy violence and though it isamusing to see people being injured and killed to the point of obsession It is my goal toestablish wheather this classification is justified or if it is simply an exaggeration of what aWhile it is known that in Rome there were gladiator fights public beatings andslavery was legal and common It is also important to understand just how advanced theRomans were The Longman Dictonary of the English Language Defines civilized as ofor being peoples of a nation in a state of civilization I think that by this definition theRomans were civilized the educated being able to write and detailed records being kept byThe Romans also had written laws and government including an assembly for thepoorer classes In fact Their system of law was actually quite advanced even if it wasdesigned to help the rich The idea was accepted that a mans intentions ought to betaken into account and there was less importance attached to what he did and what hemeant to do The next thing to become established was the notion that all men must betreated equally This way of thinking was very advanced and not barbaric or uncivilizedat all in fact the same notion that all men should be treated equally was not established inAmerica and other countries for many years to comeIt is know common knowledge that in Ancient Rome people often attended andenjoyed gladiator fights to the death wild beast hunts naval battles and chariot racing allof which often had religious origins During the reign of Caesar thousands of men andanimals were butchered just to make a Roman holiday The Romans Also enjoyedpantomimes and plays which too were often very violent in nature It was notuncommon for a condemned criminal to be executed on stage as part of the playContemporary sources say that it
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