“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.”
It is truly amazing what these people built, aqueducts,sewerage systems,paved roads and then when their empire was over it seemed like there were 6-700 hundred tears of no modern progress. Do you suppose they owe anyone any slave reparations?
I read a book that talked of ancient Rome, around the year 1 Rome had a million people and 40% of them were slaves.The book was "Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day", after I read it I got a Passport so I could go to Rome and see what was left...
Ah, but Roman Slaves had rights. Lots of rights. In later years it was far better to be a slave than a freeman in some respects.
40% that's a low number. By the way, these days they're called 'tax payers'.
Unknown you win the interwebz for the day for that enlightening statement.
The above picture is a perfect example to shatter the whole 'Global Warming is raising the sea levels' bullscat. One of the many reasons the old port is landlocked now is because it's significantly higher above the Med than it used to be. Other places, like Venice, that are held up as examples are sinking because, well, they're sinking and have been since their founding.
It shows up great on Google Earth. A perfect hexagon in the Tiber delta.
So what happened to all the stuff, stone work, etc., that used to be there?
Ostia Antica was the harbor city of Rome and is vastly superior to Pompeii in terms of visitor experience. Virtually no tourists and well maintained ruins. Highly recommend it based on numerous visits. Great place to spend the day.
Firstly, given the value to civilization, one wonders that they haven't drained the old harbor, and excavated in archaeologically to the limit of debris, for sheer historical value, with a companion museum.Secondly, given the premium on dock space, one wonders why, after dredging up every shred of pottery and other artifacts certainly sitting in the ooze for two millennia, they haven't connected the channel to the harbor, and re-opened it as an inland marina for modern vessels, with top-lira services available to everyone wo can pay.