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Germans vs. Rome
For Social studies we were asked to use our knowledge,notes and textbook to write a factual essay comparing the culture and lifestyle of the Germans and the Romans.
The Germans, tribes and clans and little civilization. Then there’s the Romans, big civilized cities, Emperors, plumbing and such. There are a lot of differences between them, but first you have to answer one very important question- who were the Germans? Well, the Germans were a group of tribal people who invaded Rome and took over in 475 B.C. They took part in Roman life, but kept much of their own culture, which is very different from Rome’s. The Romans and the Germans were very different, but three of the major ways they were different were the differences between their governments, their living conditions,and their militaries. Throughout this essay you will learn about these three topics.
First off, you will learn about the differences between the two governments. The Roman Empire had Emperors, who had all the power and could do pretty much whatever they wanted. The Germans on the other hand thought law came from the people. The people decided what laws were passed, and the rulers couldn’t change any laws unless the people agreed. The Germans based their laws on customs. They also memorized them and passed them down from generation to generation. The Romans wrote down their laws, and the laws were mostly based off of the twelve tablets, which were mostly about wills, property rights court actions and other similar things. As you can see, for the most part the Roman and German governments were very different.
The second difference is the difference between living conditions. The Roman poor lived in multistory houses called islands, and their living conditions were very poor. The Roman rich were the opposite. They lived in large, lavish houses called domuses,and had servants, plumbing and lavish meals. The Germans didn't live like either. The Germans lived in long, single-story huts that they shared with their animals. One end was where the family lived, and the other end was divided into stalls for the animals. The animals helped to heat the house. The rich Romans had furnaces to heat their houses. The Germans and the Romans had very different living conditions.
The last thing you will learn about is the differences between the Roman and German warriors. Germans began their training to be warriors as young boys. When they became adults, they were brought to a special gathering on a night of a full moon. This gathering was held in a sacred grove, and at this gathering the man received a shield and spear. The man had to keep these with him at all times and if he lost them he lost his honor. The German warriors were broken into clans based on family ties. The Roman warriors were different. The Roman warriors were broken up into legions, that had about 5,000 warriors each but had nothing to do with family ties. The Romans also didn’t start training as young boys. One thing though that both have in common is that both groups of warriors were very loyal to their military leader. As far as warriors go, the Germans and Romans were different, but had a few similarities.
The Romans and the Germans are overall very different. Their living conditions, government, and warriors were all different. The Romans lived in either very poor or very lavish homes, and the Germans were kind of in between. The Romans were ruled by an Emperor who had sole power, and the Germans were basically ruled by the people. The Germans were broken into military groups by family ties, and the Romans were broken into legions that had nothing to do with family. There were a couple of similarities though, like whom they are loyal to in the military. In conclusion, the Romans and the Germans were very different.
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