The Roman’s Burden

The Roman Empire stretched from Britain to the Middle East at it’s height. The Romans let the people in their provinces keep their own culture for the most part, but the Romans thought that they, themselves were more civilized, and sometimes did impose Roman laws. At one point, everyone in the empire was a Roman citizen, while at others they weren’t. The Roman expansion policy reminds me of a more recent ideology of the white man’s burden.  The white man’s burden was the feeling that western culture needs to “civilize” other cultures unlike them. It was popular in the 1800’s with missionaries trying to convert indigenous peoples and impose their way of life. Funny thing that the “white westerners” used to be the very barbarians the Romans sought to civilize!

The white man’s burden…

The Roman’s burden! :)






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