Ever since taking Latin in high school, I have wondered what life would be like in Ancient Rome.

The Roman Empire at its maximum extent.

At the height of its power, the Roman Empire controlled most of Europe, a large portion of the Middle East, and a northern strip of Africa. More importantly, the Romans controlled the Mediterranean sea and all of the land that surrounded it. With control of both the sea and the land surrounding it, the Romans had control of all of the trading and commerce.

Although the Roman Empire stretched across many different cultural boundaries, the conquered people were allowed to keep their religions and customs as long as they also worshiped the Roman gods, including the emperor, and, of course, paid their taxes. This creates a very interesting blend of cultures, especially with the infrastructure that the Romans built. The combination of the Roman roads and sea travel made it easier to travel which also enhanced the sharing of information. There were often stories in our Latin books about the voyages of people traveling across the Empire.

At the heart of the Roman Empire was Rome. I imagine Rome to be like the ancient version of New York City. Whether it was politics, business, and pleasure, everybody and everything important was in Rome. Like New York City, it was a melting pot but of the ancient world. Everybody from senators to slaves could be seen at the forums.

The place I desire to be the most in Rome is the Flavium Ampitheatre. Almost everybody today still knows of it but they might call it the Colosseum. The Colosseum was an ancient architectural marvel. It stood 12 stories high and could seat about 80,000 people. Although some people might think it gruesome, I would love to watch a gladiator match in the Colosseum.

The Colosseum as it stands today.


5 responses »

  1. Jim says:

    Visiting ancient Rome is an interesting idea and I really liked your comparison to modern day New York City. I would be interested in observing the system of governance as it was the blueprint used by our founding fathers. I would want to see how different it was and how history may have been altered to create the idealized and romanticized republic that our founders took as their model.

  2. Marko says:

    Hey Alex, I’m glad you picked ancient Rome as the place you would like to visit. Rome indeed was similar to today’s New York City. Some people were depicting Rome as the ancient capital of the world; describing it’s beauty and grandeur. Also, Rome was considered so important that majority of ancient roads were designed to lead to Rome. That’s how the ancient saying “all roads lead to Rome” was started. My city Belgrade, was known as Singidunum in the time of the Roman Empire. It is recorded that one of the first major roads constructed from Singidunum was the one that ended up in Rome.
    Considering your wish to watch a gladiator match in the Colosseum, I recommend you to watch Spartacus on Friday nights.

  3. Jordi says:

    Sometime s I think about the Catholic Church, in its hierarchy and offices, is like a living fossil. It is a part of the Roman Empire still alive, like how a horseshoe crab is unchanged for 500 million years (or whatever it is).

    We certainly have two clusters of people- the Clan of the Cave Bear and the Hellenists…

    • Alex Lin says:

      Actually, I thought the rise of Christianity, specifically the Catholic church, was very interesting. Christianity was actually considered a cult by the Romans when it was first started. In fact, many of its influences are said to have been from other Roman traditions such as the date of December 25.

      Check out this video.


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