The Roman Empire has always fascinated me. The more I learn about it, I can’t help but think the US / UK empire is merely the continuation of Rome. Remember the Borg from Star Trek? I bet you this is where the writers of the show got their ideas from.
Ancient Roman historian Tacitus (c. AD 56 – after 117) would adeptly describe the systematic manner in which Rome pacified foreign peoples and the manner in which it would extend its sociocultural and institutional influence over conquered lands.
Far from simple military conquest, the Romans engaged in sophisticated cultural colonisation.
In chapter 21 of his book Agricola, named so after his father-in-law whose methods of conquest were the subject of the text, Tacitus would explain:
His object was to accustom them to a life…
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