Han V. Roman Empire Essay

663 words - 3 pages

Michael Miranda 12-20-10
The Han and Romans were very large empires that existed from 200 B.C.E through 200 C.E. Technology was key to both empires but they both had different views on technology. Both empires used water to their advantage but the way they used it was different, for example the Han used water to benefit the everyday man while the Romans built the aqueducts, which only benefitted people that had homes. The way they treated the people was different because the Han followed Confucius’ teachings while the Romans were selfish towards the people. The Romans and Han had a huge thing in common which was that they felt superior to the rest of the world. These two empires had many similarities but the way they viewed things was different.
A thing that was very vital to both empires was water because without it they probably would have not been the empires that they ...view middle of the document...

The reason the Han respected the lower class was because they followed Confucius’ teachings and He once said “The government is to the people as the father is to the son”. The Romans on the other hand were very selfish and Cicero said, “Vulgar and unbecoming to a gentleman are all the jobs hired workers take on” right here he is downgrading the workers because he is saying that they are unsophisticated. The Han and Roman empires both had their own way of treating the people but in the end they both prospered.
The Han and Roman empires saw themselves superior to anyone. They both thought this because they had it all and they had powerful armies. According to History of the Early Han Dynasty it says that Tu Shih destroyed evil-doers and established the dignity of his office, it also says that he loved common people and wished to save their labor. The Han had a great government and they had it all so that’s why the saw themselves superior to everyone else. The Romans saw themselves as superior because they had all these great inventions and they had a very strong army and they had a lot of pride and it is shown in a document written by Frontinus who said, “Compare such numerous and indispensable structures carrying so much water with the idle pyramids, or the useless but famous works of the Greeks” he feels that the Greeks had useless works meanwhile the Romans took most of their ideas. These two empires felt superior to everyone but they were very different.
The Han and Roman empires were two strong empires, which had many differences and similarities. Water was key to both empires and most of their inventions were water based but the inventions they had were very different because the Romans built on a large scale while the Han built on a small scale. The way they treated their people was very different because the Han cared much about the lower class and the Romans mistreated them. They each thought they were superior because they had it all and they were very powerful. In the end these to empires had many similarities but the way they viewed each topic was very different.

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