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Who was more civilized: Rome (yes) or the Han Dynasty (China) (no)?

  • Yes. It would be hard to match Rome's civilization.

    Yes. Rome was extremely civilized for it's time. Their democratic process and methods for bringing technology to it's people were not surpassed until long after the civilization fell. The Han dynasty in China was a great civilization, however the people of that dynasty were far more oppressed than that of Rome, and this hindered their advancement.

  • Rome was held together by the sword, Han was by the pen

    Rome and Han were both extremely advanced for the time, but their different histories gave rise to different modes of governance. Rome was an empire forged and held together by military might, whereas China relied on indoctrination, bureaucracy, and cultural assimilation to maintain its power. Ironically, the cultural collectivism that held China together where Rome fell also became a hindrance to further progress in later ages.

  • Rome was held together by the sword, Han was by the pen

    Rome and Han were both extremely advanced for the time, but their different histories gave rise to different modes of governance. Rome was an empire forged and held together by military might, whereas China relied on indoctrination, bureaucracy, and cultural assimilation to maintain its power. Ironically, the cultural collectivism that held China together where Rome fell also became a hindrance to further progress in later ages.

  • The Han Dynasty is still prevalent

    China is made up of people who consider themselves Han. For this it must have been more civilized, as it is essentially still in existence today. The Roman Empire was structured, but not well civilized, and actually depended largely on slavery for it's survival. The Han Dynasty did not rule by slavery, though individuals did have slaves.


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