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Romans vs. Germans Essay
In Social Studies Class we wrote a 5 paragraph essay. This was to help us learn the information on how to write a good essay and compare the right information about the Romans and Germans.
The Germans were very knowledgeable and agricultural tribe. About 400 years after Christ was born the Germans decided to leave the marshes and forests to search for warmer climates and better grazing land for their cattle. They slowly ended up at the Roman Empire from which they were attracted by the wealth and culture Rome had. For a while the Romans believed the Germans were enemies and would not let them in. Later on Rome began to fall and could no longer keep them out. Rome then let groups of Germans move into the Danube River Valley, where the Germans way of living combined with Romans ways of living. Both the Germans and Romans had very many differences three major ones being their way of living and their house, another being their laws, and the last one which was their fighters and warriors. The Romans however were very warlike people. They had a legend about how they found Rome it was how two brothers Romulus and Remus who were cared for by a she wolf and were known to be an offspring of the god Mars. The two brothers grew to be older and decided to build a city but they couldn't agree on who should be the ruler of the city.Each of them then climbed to the top of a different hill and waited for a sign from the gods. Then 12 vultures flew over Romulus hill and he claimed that was a sign from the gods and killed Remus. These are two very different types of people that had to try to get along.
The first difference the Romans and Germans had was they both had a very different way of living. The Germans lived in small huts and shared it with animals. The animal's body heat would keep the huts warm in the winter. Long benches and tables were the only pieces of furniture inside the huts. The Germans spent their time and living herding cattle or selling them for riches. In the women's spare time they would often spin or weave wool. Even though the Germans lived in Rome they still kept a lot of their own culture. Wealthy Romans however, lived in domuses which were homes that included gardens, small pools, marble walls, colored stone floors, and windows made of small panes of glass. Poorer Romans lived in islands, which were six stories high and covered a whole blocks. They did not have a lot of furniture. The Romans spent most of their time working if they were poor and rich Romans spent their time on soft couches outside or in the bath houses bathing and socializing with fellow rich Romans.
The second big difference the Romans and Germans had was the Law. The Romans law was very complex and believed that it came before the Emperor. The Romans laws were written on the 12 tablets. The Germans, on the other hand, believed that the laws had to get passed by the people before turning into a law. They couldn't change the laws unless the people voted on it or approved the law. The Germans passed down their laws from adults to children by memorizing them.
The German men were warriors who spend their time fighting, hunting, and making weapons. German boys started their training at a young age and when they reached manhood they had a special gathering, making them a warrior. The Germans were broken up into two different groups called clans. The clans were different groups which were based off their family ties. At first the Germans gave their most loyal boys and men to fight in their clan. After a while the men grew a strong loyalty to the chieftain, also known as a military leader. A man had to fight well to become a chieftain. The Romans fought as a very successful army with multiple fighting techniques. They were very strong and healthy. They were also well disciplined. The Roman army had good armor which helped them move faster and win a lot of battles.They had sandals which helped them move faster and long shields to protect them.
In conclusion the Germans and Romans had very many differences including the way they fought battles and if they had an army or warriors, what they spent most of their time doing ,or even how their law was run. Anyways they had to find a way to get along and face their differences they had. Even though both the Germans and Romans had completely different lifestyles and cultures they both decided a way that they liked and could get along.
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