[LMB] [OT] Atlantic crossings, was Centrifugal gravity, was Re: Cordelia's College sport

Gwynne Powell gwynnepowell at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 29 12:32:24 BST 2021


From: Raymond Collins <rcrcoll6 at gmail.com>

I think the Romans were more into assimilating cultures rather the direct
conquest,  at least during their earlier "Republican" phase. It was usually
when a province rebelled that they resorted to brutality to maintain their
rule.
How it would apply to Roman policy in the New World would be fascinating
from a prospective of Alternate History fiction. I wonder what Harry
Turtledove would think?

Gwynne: Unlike many conquerors, the Romans didn't generally care all that much
about the religion and customs of the people they welcomed into their empire. So
long as the populace obeyed the laws and paid their taxes, they could worship
pretty much whatever gods or goddesses they chose. The problems came when
the followers of any particular culture or religion placed it above Roman law, and
refused to follow Roman rules.

And now and then, like many other political manipulators, an Emperor or ambitious
politician would demonise one group, to unite all the others behind him. That really
IS one of the classics!


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