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Zenofex
Zenofex


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Kreegan-atheist
posted August 20, 2018 10:07 PM
Edited by Zenofex at 22:19, 20 Aug 2018.

They adopted Christianity because they had an enormous territory to rule over with means of communication lagging far behind, increasingly corrupt administration and overstretched military resources all the while dozens of peoples under their rule were united by nothing from ideological point of view. It was an act of preservation of what was left of the empire - and frankly a fairly successful one, given that they bought themselves around 1000 more years - but certainly not an act of establishing a bastion against the pagan barbarism - the Romans already considered themselves pretty much the only civilized state in Europe. They even sanctioned what is "correct Christianity" and what is "wrong Christianity", that alone speaks enough.
Edit: Besides, people usually forget that one of the main reasons, if not the Main one, for the rise of Christianity throughout the empire is its internal crisis in III century.

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artu
artu


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My BS sensor is tingling again
posted August 20, 2018 11:16 PM

Zenofex said:
Yes, the prevalence of monotheism and the intolerance toward different beliefs that goes with it did help to shape the mindset everyone has to follow One system of rules because there is no other True system but that's only a development of an already existing tendency to enforce something on weaker entities whenever it suits you. Rome did not become an empire spanning over 3 continents because the Romans believed in Jupiter, nor did Great Britain build the biggest colonial empire because the British were spreading the word of the Anglican God but in both cases they believed they were right to do what they were doing because they can. Take the arms of an empire, destroy its economy and it's no longer anyone's moral beacon, nor it tries to be.

I do agree that monotheism isn't the key factor at all here. I mean after all, both Byzantine (Eastern Roman) and Ottoman Empires were monotheist just as well but had the structure of a classical empire rather than colonial, which means they were "tolerant" when it comes to customs and culture,(I'd prefer the word indifferent) as long as it didn't cause political rebellion and uprising. Some historians argue that one of the reasons Rome (the first, pagan one) weakened was how they included each invaded people's sacred days as official holidays and they actually went out of work days in the calendar. No, the key factor, when it comes to colonial empires is the enormous informational and technological gap between them and their colonies. It was a very unique period in history when a region skyrocketed in science, geographical discovery, military technology and had confronted tribes with wooden spears. There was no social sciences yet to properly analyze the reasons behind this, so they easily interpreted the gap as innate superiority. Classical empires were extremely powerful military forces but when they invaded people, they invaded farmers and merchants, people living quite like themselves. But imagine the mindset of a 18th century British officer from London, confronting some Cherokee tribe. It is a totally different experience.  
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JollyJoker
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posted August 21, 2018 08:37 AM

So - what's the difference between Rome invading Dacia, enslaving part of the population sending them to Rome or elsewhere within the Empire to sell and slavers raiding, say, the Ivory Coast enslaving part of the population and ship them to the American colonies of Britain and later into the US of A to sell?

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artu
artu


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My BS sensor is tingling again
posted August 21, 2018 01:54 PM

1- There is no racial facto and wealthy Dacians can “upgrade” to Roman citizens as well.
2- They can still have their own law as long as it doesnt interfere with Roman affairs.
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blob2
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posted September 03, 2018 04:43 PM
Edited by blob2 at 16:49, 03 Sep 2018.

Brazil museum fire: Funding cuts blamed as icon nearly destroyed

Yeah, I know it's more of a news story then an article, but it made me wonder how easy it is to loose years of history at a moments notice.

I mean it's so sad, one of the biggest collection in Americas: skeletons, meteorites, historical documents: almost 20 mln of items lost in an instant. And it wasn't even some kind of terrorist devastation (like in Iraq), this could've been prevented.

I don't know how Brazil looks exactly nowadays, but I read some articles from time to time that they went from one of the most dynamically expanding economies into one of the most depressing ones. Some commentators even summarize that the underinvestment in the case of this museum shows exactly how much of a crisis Brazil is in atm.

Whatever the reason, it is such a shame...

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