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April 30, 2012

Rome: A Success Story

The Romans certainly took warfare seriously, almost personally,
and in this, they were unusual..... The determination to persist in a conflict until either the Roman state was destroyed or the enemy threat was permanently removed—by becoming a clearly subordinate ally or ceasing to exist as a political entity—was unique. The Romans expected victory to be permanent. A piece of graffiti scratched onto a cave wall in Jordan reads: “The Romans always win. I, Lauricius write this, Zeno.” --Review: A Singular Empire | The National Interest

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 30, 2012 8:10 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Brand loyalty.

If you fought Rome, you fought ROME.

It didn't matter if you rolled a drunk Citizen and he hit his head.

It didn't matter if you had a problem with the local prelate that caused you to raise your hand to him, or his proxies.

If you attacked the person of an Roman citizen, or official in the performance of his duties, you attacked Rome.

That was the playbook until around the time of Christ. Fascinating folks, the Romans.

They drifted away pretty quick once they started free riding.

Posted by: TmjUtah at May 1, 2012 6:41 PM