Wednesday, August 08, 2012

The Roman Triumph: Why Rome had to Destroy Carthage

The basic format of the history of a civilization comes down to three basic phases. First comes the humble group of people who rise to inconceivable heights to establish massive power and influence over an area. The second phase is a period of cultural flourishing and continued growth. The final stage is the fall of the once great empire that was thought to be invincible. This diagram can be used to describe many of the great empires of the past three thousand years.

From the great dynasties of the Far East, to the legendary dash across the Middle East by Alexander the Great, all empires are destined to rise to incomprehensible heights, only to fall into oblivion as another young power rises from their ashes. The story of Rome is one of the greatest tales in all of history. It begins with a small city-state founded by the sons of a she-wolf that eventually comes to conquer the entire known world through great force and careful recognition of individual cultures. When looking at the history of the Rome, many people will consider the turning point of its history to be the ascension of Julius Caesar and the creation of the Roman Empire under Augustus. Although this event is quite important, there is another event that holds even more weight to the rise of Roman power.