“the non-Roman societies as primitive and backwards is wrong”
I am not saying that the non-Roman societies were primitive and backward as an absolute statement. I am saying that they could have had their good
points, but in overall terms the non-roman societies (mainly the northern ones) were very backward as compared with the Roman society. Came on man!
Whatever the historian can tell you.
“Roman engineering is what distinguished them from any other tribe in Europe.”
No, I am not agree with you. This is not just a matter of engineering. The sophistication of the Roman society at this time had not equivalent in the
World (probably saving the Greeks).
The Roman legal system had not any equivalent, had not any rival in all the History until this time.
The Roman political system, had not equivalence (probably saving the Greeks, again). I rode some years ago a book about the daily life of the Romans
and they even had political manipulation and malicious electoral messages (one of them, found in a Roman provincial city said something like “Vote
for Lucius (or so), the drunken buddies and the whores will do it”) xD
The Roman commercial and economical net, had not rival.
The Roman culture lightened amazingly each country they touched. I like very much Lucio Anneo Seneca (who was a Spanish-Roman, genetically a primitive
Spaniard but lightened by the Roman culture). I rode his “Letters to Lucilio”, written almost 2000 years ago. If in this book you switch the word
“sword” to “gun”, the word “vicious” to “drugs” and the word “carriage” to “automobile” and a couple of them more, he seems
your uncle giving to you some advices about the life during your teens. It is absolutely futurist.
Their military tactics were futurists. Their average height was 1,5 m, and nevertheless they smashed armies formed by taller, stronger and extremely
aggressive in combat men. Their extremely advanced technology also helped them a lot.
“Culturally, there is little to seperate the Romans from anyone else.”
Oh, came on, for each outstanding Briton you name, an historian can name 50 outstanding Romans.
“You make them sound like Cavemen!”
NO! I am just telling what we have from the northern races. You are the one who think of Cavemen when I tell you what they leaved for us.
“assimilate (either by sword or by gold) people into their Empire, and use what was once theirs.”
Was this behavior so different from the one which launched the USA (and before UK, and before Spain, etc.) to their first world power status?
“So what you might think as a Roman village, may very well have had Gauls, Britons, or whoever living in it, adding to the richness that became
famous as "Roman".”
No. The Roman village has a wall all around and a big letter that shows “Roman village” and a broad explanation below. During the weekends we can
see also some amateur guys and university students with little instruments craving the stones looking for Roman rests. If there lived Britons, they
could be genetically Britons, but culturally Romans, as Seneca was genetically Spanish, but culturally Roman.
On the other hand the Celtic village has also a wall made in wood around and a poster that says “Celtic village”. And you can see also some
weekends some students caving the stones with little instruments in order to find Celtic vestiges, and not Roman ones (saving daily-life objects
obtained by trade).
You can see objects from both villages in a little museum not so far from here. Both collections are amazing, but the Roman one is far more
“There is a massive difference between what Barbarian means today, and what the Romans meant by it. Barbarians is a slang term coined by Romans, in
reference to the perceived way in which these people spoke.”
Yes, I understood, but I guess I didn’t explain my point clearly. What I meant is that “Naomi Campbell” will never mean “ugly woman”, but
“Barbara Streisand” could mean, by extension, “ugly woman” in, lets say 1000 years.
If the Romans had perceived the “Barbarians” as advanced peoples, the word “Barbarian” would had never become in “Brute and backward
“Brute” (“Bruto” in Spanish) derives from “Brutus”. I bet Brutus was not a nice and kind person.