German Vs Romans Essay
This is a five paragraph essay about the differences and similarities between Germans and Romans. I was assigned to write this for Social Studies class.
If you thought that the Romans were interesting, than just wait until you hear about the Germans. The Germans were much more simple than the Romans, they lived in villages with farmlands and pastures surrounding them. They first showed up in Europe after the Roman empire collapsed. The Romans tried to stay separated from the Germans as much as possible. They were also like the Romans in the way that they like to fight. The German’s beliefs in law totally contradicted the Roman’s beliefs in law is another difference.
Germans were very centered on farming. Their houses were very long with thatched roofs. One end of the home was used as a living space for the family, and the other end was devoted to stalls for the animals. The animal’s body heat would help heat the house in the cold winter months.They made a living herding cattle. This would provide food and clothing. If they wanted to, they also had the option of trading the cattle itself for glass vessels, table articles, and jewelry. The Romans in the city of Rome were nothing like the Germans. Poor Romans would live in six story apartment buildings called islands. Rich Romans would live in large private homes called domuses.
German men spent most of their time fighting, hunting, or making weapons. They would start training for battle as young boys. In the military warriors were divided into clans, which are groups based on family ties. Every warrior in the clan was loyal to their chieftain, or military leader. In battle there was no plan or fixed way of fighting. The soldiers usually charged their enemy wildly, while yelling and screaming. Their gods were mostly centered around battle and the warriors were expected to fight to the death. Romans also loved fighting. Romans were expected to join the military and people payed high taxes to keep the military running. The military was a crucial part of Rome’s success.
The Germans believed that law came from the people. Laws were based on customs of their ancestors. To keep reckless fighting from happening they set up courts. In court the criminal would take an oath and they were allowed to have oath-helpers. Oath-helpers were like our modern day lawyers, they would help defend the criminals. If a criminal was proven guilty some of the punishments were walking barefoot over hot coals or sticking your arm in boiling water. Sometimes criminals weren't even punished physically, they were just fined a certain amount of money. Everyone was treated fairly in German law. In Roman law they never based anything off the customs of their ancestors. The current emperor of Rome would decide all the laws and pass them through the complex government system. There was also no equivalent of oath-helpers in Roman law.
In conclusion, the Germans were both similar and different than the Romans. Germans believed law came from the people, Romans did not. Germans lived simple farming lives, that included herding cattle, living with animals, and living in one room houses. Romans lived extravagant lives (if they could afford it) full of gambling, banquets, and political discussions at bath houses. Germans loved fighting, Romans loved fighting just as much, if not more. The similarities and differences between Romans and Germans were very interesting.
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