"The danger of being open to 'new' ideas, is that everyone wants the new,the flashy,(even if you are superior)and will do anything to get it.Hence there must be responsibility! "Konoe Fumimaru
former Japanese Prime minister
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Well here we are again.(master of the obvious here!)(This article is borrowed heavily from a wise friend:)
I would like to continue on the previous topic,The Fall of The Roman Republic.Now on my previous post I did the Punic War Theory,now I wish to look at a different theory(It may be right or wrong,or work in conjunction with the Punic War Theory.I do not claim mastery of historical fact.)the Greek Dominance Theory.The Greek theory is simple yet complex.When the Romans conquered the Greeks they encountered a new problem.How does one conquer a advanced culture? There are two ways to handle a situation like this, annihilate(something the Romans would later do quite frequently.)or assimilate.The Romans looked at the Greeks culture and learning enviously,so they attempted the latter.In history no two cultures are ever even in one country;the Romans were no different.The culture of hard work,loyalty,and love of independence, was not rooted in anything strong enough to survive the Greek's refined culture.One might wonder,"What difference does It make?"Well a republic is a manifestation of the public's will,and a will is just their culture in
action.Therefore the greatest danger to a republic is the dominance of alien culture.Anyway back on track!The culture invasion began slowly.First,families began hiring learned tutors to teach their children,unfortunately these 'learned' men were Greek philosophes,foreigners;It also broke the family nucleus. Second,Greek ambition infiltrated the community unit,men began to strive to dominate.Third, philosophy replaced tradition, and it ruined the religious unity of Rome.Finally,The Greek language became the dominant language,the 'smart' language,even Ceasers courts used it later.Which only leads to trouble!(e.g-Austria-Hungary,America and Illegal immigrants,Holy Roman Empire.)
Well that is it my friends!As always feel free to disagree!Constructive criticism welcomed!Mason Rules!