Was the Roman Empire really all that great and mighty? Sure it looked pretty, and worked out well for some lengthy amount of time. But in the end, who really made out well? I know that the pro-life and pro-abortion movements are running at equal speed today, so how does this all parallel Rome?
As I am writing out my manuscript for Providence and the North American Indian, I tend to run into many exciting events that occurred throughout history. I get this information from the root of its source. In doing so recently, I actually found some startling information on the Roman Empire towards its latter days. You see a lot of people these days comparing Rome to their own culture, especially its final collapse.
Well if you want to get into parallels about morals and ethics, how about we try this one on for size from the Preface (iv) of A Star in the West by Elias Boudinot, L. L. D. (Trenton, NJ. 1816):
Plutarch in his Morals, 1 vol. 96, says that [between 264-146 BC] the Lacedemonians [a regional Italian culture inside of the Roman Empire] murdered their children who were deformed or had a bad constitution. The Romans were allowed by Romulus to destroy all their female children, except the eldest. Human sacrifices were offered up in almost all the eastern countries [of the Roman Empire]. Children were burnt alive by their own parents, and offered to Baal, Moloch, and other pretended deities.
Mr. Hume says in his Essay on Political Science; the most illustrious period of the Roman history considered, in a political view, is that between the beginning of the first and the end of the last Punic war; yet at this very time, the horrid practice of poisoning was so common, that during part of a season, a praetor punished capitally, for this crime, above three thousand persons in 'a part of (enlightened) Italy and found information of this nature still multiplying.”
Interesting parallels to a modern day and age...
Daniel L. Smith,